A Tale of Two Cities

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Change can be a good thing. Charles Dickens, a fine author of A Tale of Two Cities uses many themes throughout his work, but the main theme he focuses on is redemption. The idea of redemption has to do with someone changing their outlook on life and making a difference from what they used to be. An alcoholic becoming a hero, a thief becoming a honest man, a crazed man becoming a leader, and a bystander becoming honorable. The transformation of an ordinary person to someone who benefits many people is an example of true redemption. Dickens includes a few specific characters that relate directly to this theme. Dr. Manette, Charles Darnay, Jerry Cruncher, and Sydney Carton are identified in a couple of instances where it appears that their…show more content…
A man who gives up everything for a woman shows that love has nothing to do with materials, but with those around you.“I would abandon it” (95) and “Heaven is my witness that I love her!” (102). Charles Darnay, the husband of Lucie, gave up his entire name “Evèrmonde” to be with his true love! His whole family name, including his inheritance were the things he was giving up on to achieve happiness. The mayor of Paris, Gabelle, then disrupted the jolly atmosphere after a few years. He sent a letter to Charles Evèrmonde, though Charles gave up that name and was known as Darnay. Gabelle sent a pleading letter for Darnay to save him in Paris, so Darnay went because he knew it had to do with his previous name. The redemption of Darnay was unique because he was willing to go to Paris to reason with the people over there that he given up his title. He redeemed his family’s honor and respect by being the better person and going to stand up for what his ancestors did to upset the French people. Darnay proved that not all “nobles” are bad to the lower class people. Criminals have a tendency to stick to their own beliefs. Jerry Cruncher had his mind set on the activity he was participating in and he would even call himself an “honest tradesman”. Cruncher was a grave robber and once he finished his night time job, he would return home with “rusty hands under his pillow” (125). His wife Mrs. Cruncher would always pray for him and “flopping” was

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