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Sydney Cartie Character Analysis

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Sydney Carton was a man who was told and believed that his life was wasted. It was told that Carton’s life was worthless and useless. Carton constantly isolated himself from other people. He could not trust anyone with his actual feelings. However, he had a close relationship with Lucie Manette, and showed only her his “true” self. He promised her he would sacrifice anything for her. This ended up being his final promise. Carton kept his final promise to Lucie through his sacrifice for Charles Darnay, which redeemed his “wasted life.” Carton promised Lucie he would do anything for her and those she loves, even though he does not display that he likes her. Carton’s promise was: “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.” (Book the Second, Chapter 13, Page 158). He told her he would give his life for her and her loved ones, which is the ultimate sacrifice. Mr. Stryver and Carton had a conversation about Lucie Manette. It said: “…’who’s your pretty witness?’ ‘The picturesque doctor’s daughter, Miss Manette.’ ‘She pretty?’ ‘Is she not?’ ‘No… who made the Old Bailey a judge of beauty? She was a golden-haired doll!’” (Book the Second, Chapter 5, Page 95). Carton still cares for Lucie, but he does not publically display his affection. This could be misleading to many, and some may think he is hypocritical
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