The definition of redemption is the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. With this definition alone there are three different instances where the word redemption could be used as an action. That gives an author different ways to express redemption through characters in their story. Making people see that redemption is an overwhelming task. In the novel, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens uses the characters Sydney Carton, Doctor Manette, and Marquis St. Evremonde to show examples of ways to earn and fail to earn redemption.
To begin with, Sydney Carton earns redemption. No doubt in anyone’s mind about that. But the main reason lies deeper within the pages than you would think. All the characters in the book know …show more content…
Only his daughter had the power of charming this back 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. (ATOTC, b2, c4)
Lucie was the one to break this insane mindset, therefore he felt indebted to her. She, his only known living relative, was the center of his world. He loved her so much, he ends up saving Darnay from going to prison. Darnay is Lucie’s soulmate and losing him would totally change her way of thinking and character. Letting that happen to her would just have killed Manette so even though Darnay is the nephew of his enemy Evremonde, he saves him. Overall, Manette earns redemption mainly by being insane and overcoming it with the help of Lucie.
On the other hand, the character Marquis St. Evremonde doesn’t even try to earn redemption in the eyes of the other characters. “Said the nephew, gloomily, “that I believe our name to be more detested than any name in France.”
“Let's hope so,” said the uncle. “Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.” (ATOTC, b2, c9) This evidence proves that Evremonde thinks of himself as better than all the people already. He doesn’t even care that no one likes him at all, he just thinks about the money. When he raped
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Listing his name and profession would also help because Dr. Manette is a reputable doctor in France and has a high reputation there. Dr. Manette was sacrificing his name to try to save Darnay and get him released by persuading the people that Darnay is not in the wrong. Since Lucie had helped her father so much and helped him grow throughout his life, Dr. Manette thought he would try to repay her by getting her husband released from prison to ensure Lucie’s happiness.
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