Recalled to Change

2233 WordsJun 18, 20189 Pages
The sun relentlessly beat down on the great bloodthirsty mob as they marched toward the Bastille , towards a very overdue change. It was the of July 14th, 1789 and the raw reality of hunger and the ferocious need for justice had finally become too much for the people of France. The mob overtook the armory and by doing so sent a clear message of defiance to the king and aristocracy of France. The commoners were through with the perpetual disparity between the monarchy and peasants. They demanded justice, and were determined to attain it one way or another. This impassioned murderous attack fanned the flame of a rebellion that is now known as the French Revolution. English novelist, Charles Dickens, understood the feelings of the French…show more content…
In fact, when asked, “I hope you care to be recalled to life?” Dr. Manette utters the despondent response, “I can’t say” (Dickens 50). Mr. Lorry refers to Dr. Manette as being “buried alive for eighteen years” (Dickens 19). However, when Lucie arrives, things begin to change. Upon seeing her father, despite his disarrayed state, Lucie devotes her entire being to recalling him back to life. As time passes, her love and pure intentions help tenderly coaxes Dr. Manette into cognizance of his former life. Darnay’s imprisonment marks the high point of Dr. Manette’s resurrection as he realizes that “his suffering is strength and power ” (Dickens 260). Manette acknowledges that he can be Darnay’s savior and rejoices, “As my beloved child was helpful in restoring me to myself, I will be helpful now in restoring the dearest part of herself to her”(” (Dickens 260). Although Dr. Manette’s imprisonment had initially been the death of him, “he He had slowly forged the iron which could break the prison door of his daughter’s husband and deliver him” (Dickens 260). Eventually, Dr. Manette convinces the court to set Darnay free. He is finally able to be the father Lucie never had as he assures her that “I have saved him” (Dickens 280). Dr. Manette is also an excellent illustration of what Mr. Lorry implies when he states that “’Recalled to Life;’ may mean anything” (Dickens 29). For when resurrected, Dr. Manette surpasses the shade of the man he was before and
Open Document