Charles Darnay In A Tale Of Two Cities

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In a time of prosperity, in a time of poverty, in guilt, in innocents, in with the living, in with the death, in a time of construction, in a time of destruction, in a time of sanity, in a time of insanity, in freedom, in imprisonment. In the end these times were of an era found close to the war. A time with much confliction in what was occurring, to many to find a definite idea of what was happening, yet in the end there is hope. People will rise in a new time and changing what was once seen as confusing and confined are seeing things in simpler and more stable time, where people fell others will rise to change what was once thought as the norm. People who learned and adapted to the horrors of life and war will lead others through the darkness…show more content…
He changed his name, especially to escape his father and his influence. His families name haunts him, he later finds out that his father was the man that had sent Dr. Manette to prison. His reaction to the name change is what is significant; “this Property and France are lost to me,’…’I renounce them’” (Dickens 125). He completely renounces the idea of his family. His life with his family was foreign to him and it brought bad reminders so he left it yet he sounds to have no real connection with it. He wanted to create his own legacy without having his families name tainting it. In a way, he does this to be with Lucie. He does not want his name to influence his relationship with her, especially with her father being in the prison for what his family did. Not only that but he changed where he lived, he moved from England to France. “'Better to be a rational creature,'... 'and accept your natural destiny. But you are lost, Monsieur Charles, I see"' (Dickens 125). He sacrifices his wealth and power for a life of destiny and wondering. In the end, he ended up being “courageous but helpless, is rendered a prisoner by his own probity” (Beckwith…show more content…
Carton first sees himself as a bad person, “I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me" (Dickens 243). Petch describes him as "an animal not destined by nature to exist, and carrying with it the provision for death … symbolically hybrid form perfectly captures Carton's morbid alienation, which drives him unpredictably between self-hatred and self-pity” (Petch 1). Carton although intelligent and loving those not see himself as a good person yet Lucie tries to help him. With her helping him, he soon falls in love with her. Although Carton is suffering the pain, he is not jealous of Darnay, and he is just quietly concerned about Lucy. So “when Darnay is sentenced to death at that time, Lucy is going to suffer the pain of losing her husband. And in order to protect Lucy, Carton goes to embark on the guillotine instead of Darnay” (Li 4). Sydney does anything to help Lucie even if it means that he has to dead. He is seen as a hero when he saves Darnay, and in the process gets killed himself. He does this for the love he has for Lucie. “I see her, an old woman, weeping for me on the anniversary of this day. I see her and her husband, their course done, lying side by side in their last earthly bed, and I know that each was not more honored and held sacred in the other soul, than I was in the souls of both"' (Dickens 372). This shows that Sydney has had his
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