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Sydney Carton's Redemption And Death

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In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Sydney Carton’s redemption and death parallel the passion of Jesus Christ symbolically by illustrating the the redemptive power of love and the role of death in redemption. The purity of love with which Carton performs his act of self-sacrifice allows for his redemption, just like how the purity of love with which Christ gave Himself on the cross allowed for the redemption of humanity. Carton promises Lucie that “[f]or [her], and for any dear to [her], [he] would do anything . . . [he] would embrace any sacrifice for [her] and those dear to [her]” (Dickens 188). Clearly, such a proclamation, along with Carton’s willingness to not not pursue Lucie as he realizes that he would only drag her down,…show more content…
Likewise, Carton’s pure love for Lucie is what allows his death to be an act of redemption. Through his death, Carton is able to transcend his pathetic former self and be redeemed as a hero: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done” (Dickens 462). If his love for Lucie had been any less sincere, his motives would clearly be imperfect and therefore his death would not have been a true act of heroism and thus would not have redeemed him. Due to the love with which both Christ and Carton give their lives, they are able to be perfect sacrifices, allowing their deaths to be acts of redemption. Both Christ and Carton illustrate the role of death in redemption by being the sacrifice that allows for redemption to occur. In order to understand why this is so, it is imperative to understand the mechanism by which death granted redemption. In the case of Christ, humanity was so sinful that only a perfect sacrifice - Christ- would have been able to deliver humanity from sin. Nonetheless, it is important not to look only at the sacrifice itself; one must also understand how Christ’s death allowed for the redemption of humanity. Due to the fall of man, humanity was bestowed with original sin and thus became mortal. Through His death, Christ was also able to kill the sinfulness intrinsic to mortal, human flesh and thus liberated humanity from the impurity
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