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"A Tale Of Two Cites"By Charles Dickens.

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Government has been an essential part to any civilization for as long as human kind has existed. People who disagree with the government have also existed for just as long. Whether the government was so simple that the leader was the strongest in the tribe, or whether the government was so complex that it involved thousands of people to make one decision, it always was challenged and eventually changed. The means of change are quite diverse. Assassination, protests, war, petitions, and more are amongst the large list of means for governmental reform. Revolution has also been a frequent method to try to achieve the desired change. Revolutions have made profound impacts in history, for both the better and for the worse; Charles Dickens is among those who believe revolution is not an efficient means for change of government, or social reform. His classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, clearly and profoundly shows the negative impacts of revolting against the government to the reader. He also shows the reader that there is a better way to improve the government. That better way is illustrated through Sydney Carton. He not only becomes an unexpected hero in A Tale of Two Cities, but he also symbolizes Charles Dickens solution to achieving social reform.Sydney Carton first entered the story as a lonely man. Appearing rather insecure and having low self esteem, his role in the story was unknown to the reader. He seemed to only be focused on helping others. One late night with his colleague, Mr. Stryver, Cartons basically pathetic demeanor was confronted, ^Carton, addressed his friend... ^your way is, and always was, a lame way. You summon no energy and purpose. (Dickens, a Tale of Two Cities, 95). Then later that night, climbing into a high chamber in a well of houses, he threw himself down in his clothes on a neglected bed, and its pillow was wet with wasted tears (97). Both are examples of Cartons character. Most view him as a loser. Mr. Stryver, with the assistance of a little alcohol, clearly made that point, and sadly enough Carton realized it. At that moment he finally realized who he was becoming, and it depressed him beyond words. At that moment a new Carton emerged. This new Carton was someone who cared for others. He wanted people to think that his actions were motivated by simply wanting to make a difference in the lives of those he cared for. One person he deeply cared for was Lucie Manette. She eventually became his motivation to change and renew his own life.As the story progressed Carton obviously changed, and consequently became the hero. At the beginning of the book he was angry at the world and quite lonely too. Life for him revolved around his work, and everything else did not really matter. Until Lucie Manette entered his life. Immediately after meeting Lucie his was a changed man. Thinking only of her, he made it very clear that he loved her and cared for her, For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything (156).Professing that...

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