Charles Dickens' Use of Sacrifice in A Tale of Two Cities Essay

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The French Revolution was a movement from 1789 to 1799 that brought an end to the monarchy, including many lives. Although A Tale of Two Cities was published in 1859, it was set before and during the French Revolution and had over 200 million copies sold. The author, Charles Dickens, is known for being an excellent writer and displays several themes in his writings. Sacrifice is an offering of an animal or human life or material possession to another person. Dickens develops the theme of sacrifice throughout the story by the events that occurred involving Dr. Manette, Mr. Defarge, and Sydney Carton. Sacrificing yourself for another person shows how courageous and good-hearted a person must be, and Dr. Manette did just that when he risked…show more content…
The French Revolution was a movement from 1789 to 1799 that brought an end to the monarchy, including many lives. Although A Tale of Two Cities was published in 1859, it was set before and during the French Revolution and had over 200 million copies sold. The author, Charles Dickens, is known for being an excellent writer and displays several themes in his writings. Sacrifice is an offering of an animal or human life or material possession to another person. Dickens develops the theme of sacrifice throughout the story by the events that occurred involving Dr. Manette, Mr. Defarge, and Sydney Carton. Sacrificing yourself for another person shows how courageous and good-hearted a person must be, and Dr. Manette did just that when he risked his life for Charles Darnay by attempting to get him out of jail. Mr. Lorry explained to Dr. Manette, “They are murdering the prisoners. If you are sure of what you say; if you really have the power you think you have- as I believe you have- make yourself known to these devils, and get taken to La Force.” (Dickens 203). Dr. Manette has power within the people of France because they see him as a hero since he was imprisoned for 18 years and they would respect him for that, and because he’s a well-known doctor, they would listen to what he has to say. He would want to make himself known to the “devils” to validate a point and to show that he’s not afraid of them. They devils he is speaking of refer to the aristocrats. Mr. Lorry was explaining
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