A Tale Of Two Cities: Charles Dickens The Theme Sacrifice In The Book

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A Tale of Two Cities is a tale filled with the theme of sacrifice, as it is used to help the reader realize the cost of life, as well as to develop the plot through the effects of those sacrifices. Through the characters of Sydney Carton, Dr. Manette, and Ms. Pross the theme is developed. This theme brings key aspects of the plot together, and Carton's sacrifice brings the novel to closure in the end.Ms. Pross sacrifices her life day by day for Lucie to have a better life. She simply devotes her life to Lucie, and her well being which is shown when Mr. Lorry describes Ms. Pross's devotion, "there is nothing better in the world than the faithful service of the heart; so rendered and so free from any mercenary taint" (92). Ms. Pross was sacrificing things everyday by simply being devoted to Lucie. She does everything she can so that Lucie can have the best possible life. Ms. Pross's devotion is demonstrated once again on page 92 when she is described as, "one of those unselfish creatures found only among women who will for pure love and admiration, bind themselves willing slaves, to youth when they have lost it, to beauty that they never had, to accomplishments that they were never fortunate enough to gain and to bright hopes that never shined upon their own somber lives." Also, she sacrifices her hopes and dreams so that Lucie might have her own hopes and dreams fulfilled. Although Ms. Pross does not have all the beauty and fortune in the world, she lived so that Lucie might someday. Ms. Pross's ultimate sacrifice of devotion is when she puts her own life at risk to save Lucie's along with others, as she buffets and struggles with Madame Defarge to protect their safety. Because Ms. Pross was diligent enough to make sure that Lucie's trip was safe; Lucie's life is saved, at what could have cost Ms. Pross her life. By Ms. Pross's willingness to do anything for Lucie, Lucie's life is saved.Dr. Manette also sacrifices much of his life by giving up his own personal goals and agenda for Lucie. On page 131, Dr. Manette says, "any fancies, any reasons, and apprehensions, anything whatsoever, new or old against the man she really loved...they shall all be obliterated for her sake." Dr. Manette was ready to relinquish his own personal feelings or perhaps "rights" so that Lucie may be felicitous. He sets aside, "anything whatsoever" in order for Lucie to marry the man she loves. Dr. Manette does anything he can to save Darnay from death, even to the point where Madame Defarge mocks...

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