The Duality Of Light And Darkness

1117 WordsJan 16, 20155 Pages
On the Duality of Light and Darkness in A Tale of Two Cities The French revolution was filled with bloodshed as the people of France rebelled against the aristocracy. In every heroic struggle there’s always a darkside and Charles Dicken’s book. A Tale of Two Cities, exemplifies this dynamic. The novel attempts to shed light on the point of lives of the middle class of Paris’ and London’s as they’re trapped in the fighting fighting between the aristocracy and peasantry during the French Revolution. The motifs of light and darkness present in the novel relate to three of the characters in the novel -- Lucie Manette, Madame Defarge and Sydney Carton. Lucie represents light, Madame Defarge represents darkness, and Carton is the manifestation of light and darkness. In A Tale Of Two Cities, Lucie Manette represents light and tranquility because she is able to make her father happy. Dr. Manette’s dark past glooms upon him as the darkness from his mind prevails because of his past in the Bastille prison which renders him scarred mentally from the depths of his soul, however Lucie has the ability to make him forget about his dark past momentarily: “Only his daughter had the power of charming this black 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. (83) Lucie is
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