Theme of Resurrection in Charles Dickens’s Book, A Tale of Two Cities

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Robespierre, the dictator of the Committee of Public Safety during the Reign of Terror once said, "Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, severe, inflexible." If terror is justice, would 30,000 men and women across France have lost their lives during the Reign of Terror? In Charles Dickens’s book, A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens used the injustice in the French Revolution and the corruption in societies of that time to show the theme of resurrection along with many other themes. In the novel, the heroes and heroine uses sacrifice to resurrect an important person in their lives. However, through the process of resurrecting another, some characters also resurrected themselves. The two most important characters that relates to the theme …show more content…
The term resurrection means rising from the dead and in a way, Doctor Manette was raised revived from the Bastille, which symbolizes his grave. Doctor Manette was successfully resurrected, as shown by his actions in the following chapters. In Book Two, the theme of resurrection became even more prominent as the author introduces new characters into the novel. The theme is first shown in the second chapter of the book through the trial of Charles Darnay, one of the main characters in the novel. In the trial, Charles Darnay was accused of being a spy for the Americans during the time of the American Revolution. He was to be found guilty had not Sydney Carton, the novel’s greatest hero, saved him from a death sentence. By showing how the similarities between Darnay and himself, Sydney Carton destroyed one of the witnesses’ statements. This showed the theme of resurrection because Carton had recalled Darnay to life when he was on the brink of death. If Carton had not saved Darnay, he was sure to have been found guilty by the jury and sentenced to death. For the first time, the readers were introduced to Sydney Carton, a lawyer who was, in the public’s eye, nothing but a lazy drunk who has never amounted to anything as shown in Charles Darnay’s trial. However, in Book Two, Dickens showed Carton to be a very intelligent man but had wasted his life by
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