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A Tale Of Two Cities Essay

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In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens had described the period of preparations for a revolution filled with turmoil and chaos in France. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton were the two characters that played important roles in the story. They were depicted as physically alike but possessed different personality, different reasons for their sacrifices and different ways of changes in their character developments through the whole story.Charles Dickens had developed these two characters as gentlemen with morals and golden hearts. Besides physically alike, they had few similarities in their personality.In the story, they resembled a straightforward attitude, and presented their true feeling to ...view middle of the document...

Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton had done noble things in their lives. Their concerning for happiness of others gave them the moral courage to be able to sacrifice and gave up everything. At the end they both had no regrets in their decisions but found the true happiness and purpose in life instead. Charles Darnay after abandoned his name and his property led a simple and decent life. He found happiness in teaching, and giving knowledge to children who were eager to learn. He was known and respected for his purpose. "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. It is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known." said Carton. He believed that the best thing to do was to provide happiness to everyone around him, to Lucy, young Lucy, Dr. Manette and Charles Darnay. And by making his loved one happy he would be loved, be satisfied, and be respected. Even though their sacrifices came from moral causes but they had particularly different reasons for their decisions. Charles Darnay had promised his mother to redress the wrongs done by his family. He had renounced his heritage and inheritance "I would abandon it, and live otherwise and elsewhere. It is little to relinquish." He gave up his estates in France, substituting for his old privileges the very simple life. In contrast, Sydney Carton acted out of the promise for Lucy that he would make any sacrifice to make her happy and especially out of true love for Lucy "For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything"¦ I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you." When Charles Darnay was arrested for the third time, Sydney realized that sacrificing his life, in place of Darnay, was the only solution. He made Barsad into helping him, visited the wine shop so that people know that there is a person who looks like Darnay, arranged for the family's passage out of Paris and tricked the prisoner into following with his plan. Because of his ingenuity and careful plan, he was executed and Darnay became a free man.Through the whole story, both...

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