Heart Of The Jackal ( Box 8 )

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John Sackett C. Taylor Honors English 9 Period 5 9 February 2017 Heart of The Jackal (Box 8) “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. If my career were of that better kind that there was any opportunity or capacity of sacrifice in it, I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you” (Dickens 154). I was a lone Jackal without pride nor dignity. I was a lone Jackal, sharp-tongued and insolent. I received neither the recognition nor the glory promised for brilliance, the spoils swallowed by The Lion. I lurked as a shadow, cursing the light for its rejection and renouncement. I mocked the successful; I ridiculed the fulfilled; I spouted apathy and contempt; I drowned myself in liquor; I resigned myself to…show more content…
Dr. Manette is described as in the shadow of the Bastille, cast upon him by the summer sun, which symbolizes Dr. Manette’s life in darkness, as a shadow of his former imprisoned self. Lucie is represented as a unifying force. “Only his daughter had the power of charming this black brooding from his mind. She was the golden thread that united him to a Past beyond his misery, and to a Present beyond his misery: and the sound of her voice, the light of her face, the touch of her hand, had a strong beneficial influence with him almost always” (Dickens 80). In the metaphor, Lucie is compared to a golden thread which links Dr. Manette to his former self. Lucie, the golden thread, is symbolic of the force that binds her family together, and explains her ability to heal Dr. Manette as he connects with his past via Lucie. Dr. Manette’s connection to Charles Darnay is foreshadowed. “His face had become frozen, as it were, in a very curious look at Darnay: an intent look, deepening into a frown of dislike and distrust, not even unmixed with fear. With this strange expression on him his thoughts had wandered away” (Dickens 81). We can assume that Dr. Manette slips into a depression, as evidenced by his change in expression and absentmindedness, and is having a connection with his past. Due to his expression of distrust and fear of Darnay during

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