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A Tale Of Two Cities Book Report

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Sacrifice, even when it comes to one’s ultimate end, is crucial in order to survive as a productive race. In the book Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, he illustrates the hardships of the early-nineteenth-century lifestyles. With the resurrection of an evicted man, the novel sprouts from a broken family recovering and growing. This novel incorporates many grand gestures and adventures, such as the French Revolution, treason trials, and the sacrifice of one’s own life in the name of love.
In the beginning of the book, Jarvis Lorry and Miss Lucie Manette meet and travel together to rescue Lucie’s father, Doctor Manette. The book jumps ahead to a time when Lucie has revived her dad, and the two are witnessing a trial against Charles Darnay, who is accused of treason. Sydney Carton, a goofy drunkard, saves Darnay from being convicted. Charles’ uncle, Marquis Evremonde, is killed by Revolutionaries in France going by the name “Jacques”. A year later, the two men profess their love for Lucie, but she marries Charles. Charles then admits to Mr. Manette that he is the descendant of those who imprisoned him, and Mr. Manette has a breakdown, but quickly recovers. Darnay travels to Paris and is arrested for emigration by the Revolutionaries, to then be rescued and re-arrested for the wrongs of his father and uncle—who killed a man and raped a woman, then blamed Mr. Manette, causing his imprisonment—once he is free. Awaiting the death of her husband, Lucie waits sadly in an inn when Sydney hears Madame Defarge plotting to kill the daughter of Luce and Lucie herself. In a desperate act of love for his friends, Sydney plans a course of action to save his friends: he planned an escape from the inn for the Manettes via carriage, then he drugged Charles and swapped clothes with him, allowing Charles to escape with his family while Sydney awaited for his death soon to come. The plan worked, and Sydney died the next morning at the guillotine, saving the lives of his loved ones.
Sydney Carton, a goofy bum at first, proves to be a hero in the end. In the beginning of the book, Sydney’s drunkenness at the trial and general distaste for Charles is prominent to everyone at the trial. He dislikes Charles, and says often that he cares for no one at all. He then begins developing feelings for Lucie, and eventually professes them to her, slowly evolving as a character. He then asks for Charles’ friendship, taking what was foreseen in the beginning as a negative relationship and completely flipping it around. This relation then develops into a very strong friendship, resulting in Sydney sacrificing himself for Charles and his family. Sydney’s growth throughout the book is most noticeable at the point when Sydney is at the guillotine, comforting the young seamstress: “’I think you were sent to me by Heaven’ [the seamstress said]. ‘Keep your eyes upon me, dear child, and mind no other object’” (Dickens 234). This quote portrays how Sydney goes from a selfish bum in...

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