Man vs. Himself

2078 WordsMay 18, 20019 Pages
fulfillment is what people live for, without it how can a person live? A failed search for self-fulfillment often leads to death. Demonstrated in A Tale of Two Cites, Hamlet, and A Death of a Salesman, each novel includes one character that struggles to fulfill his life, which results in death. Self-fulfillment can include being loved, wealthy, happiness, remembered, respected, or even a being hero. Sadly if none of these objectives is met, the character seems to think death is the only way option. "Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so" as said by Charles DeGaulle, relates to each character in the three novels that they were never determined to improve their life.…show more content…
Although he was the reason that Charles Darnay was able to walk free of the first trial of treason, he wasn't' given any credit. Carton later with the company of Darnay at a tavern sadly says, "I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me"(Dickens, pg76). Also Carton describes himself in Darnay's view as "a dissolute dog who has never done any good, and never will."(Dickens, pg191) Once Carton realized these goals would never be achieved, he told Lucie his one love, he would sacrifice his life in order to save that of another that she loved dearly. This level of love makes the sacrifice even more valuable and brings things to closure, which he hopes will fulfill his duty in life. However this duty will result in his death, which could have been avoidable if he had been happier in life, instead of being a beat up drunk that he was. Just before Carton is beheaded, another victim in line for death tells him that she loves him for his courage and Carton is inspired this, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."(Dickens, pg352) Carton who didn't really accomplish much in his life, led him to believe that his death will be the greatest thing he has ever done. This concludes that Carton saw this sacrifice as a way to make up for his unhappiness, sacrificing his life
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