Tale of Two Cities: French Revolution

1080 WordsFeb 12, 20125 Pages
“’You’d be in a Blazing bad way, if recalling to life was to come into fashion, Jerry.’” (Pg. 21) From when Dr. Manette is released from imprisonment, to Carton’s last thoughts, resurrection is always present throughout the novel. A Tale of Two Cities describes the French Revolution, and how it impacted the lives of his main characters, including, Dr. Manette, Jerry Cruncher, and Sydney Carton. The theme of resurrection is a recurrent subject Dickens uses to show the transformation of his character’s lives, Jerry Cruncher and his ironic title, “Resurrection Man,” Dr. Manette’s, “recalled to life,” and Sydney Carton’s self sacrifice. Throughout the book, Jerry Cruncher is referred to as a “Resurrection Man,” due to his trade of unearthing…show more content…
There is nothing in you to like; you know that.” (Pg. 91) After meeting Lucie Manette for the first time, Carton falls head over heels in love with her. Unfortunately for him, nothing grows out of the blossoming relationship except a wonderful friendship. He describes her love as something that, “…stirred old shadows that I thought had died out of me.” (Pg. 154) From the very beginning, Carton starts down a road of unrequited love, later envying Charles Darnay for getting the girl, “Change places with him, and would you have been looked at by those blue eyes as he was…” (Pg. 91) Sydney Carton comes to realize that there are things worth dying for, Lucie’s happiness, being one of them. Acting out of extreme self-sacrifice, Carton lays down his life to save Darnay in order to ensure the wellbeing of the Darnay family and most importantly, Lucie’s. Waiting for death to come, Sydney turns to the bible verse, “I am the Resurrection and the Life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (Pg. 366) Carton’s legacy lives on when the Darnay’s name their child after him. The boy goes on to become everything Sydney was not. During his life, Sydney Carton could be described as a drunk, a shrewd, and an all around unhappy person, but in the end everyone saw him
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