Ressurection In A Tale Of Two Cities By Dickens

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Resurrection is a powerful theme found throughout the plot of A Tale of Two Cities. Many of the characters inthe novel are involved with the intertwining themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil. The theme of resurrectioninvolves certain aspects of all of these themes and brings the story together.Dr. Manette is the first person to experience resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities. He is taken away from hispregnant wife and then imprisoned for eighteen very long years. Over the years, his condition deteriorates until heforgets his real name and mindlessly cobbles shoes to pass the time. In 'Book the First', he is released by the Frenchgovernment and then put in the care of Monsieur ...view middle of the document...

'In the battle of good versus evil in A Tale of Two Cities, good tends to resurrect or be resurrected, while theforces of evil mimic or parody the resurrection theme. This is shown twice in the novel. Old Foulon, the evil Frencharistocrat, fakes his own death so that he will not be slaughtered by the revolution. He is found later, alive, and ismurdered anyway. This pattern of false death and false resurrection is also followed by Roger Cly. He too is evil,faking his death and being 'reborn' as a spy again in a different country.In 'Book the Third,' the resurrection theme plays a pivotal role in the development of the plot. Miss Prossrecognizes the spy Barsad as her lost brother, Solomon. In the eyes of Miss Pross, Solomon is resurrected and herbrother is restored. Sydney Carton meets Barsad and shortly after, Jerry Cruncher reveals to them that Roger Cly is notdead. Cruncher knows this through his 'honest trade' of body-snatching. This allows Barsad to be manipulated bySydney Carton so that Darnay might be saved from death once again.Sydney Carton is the character that is most involved with the theme of resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities.Carton is a man of very little self esteem, but a tremendous amount of courage and devotion. Carton is the man whohelped to resurrect Charles Darnay in England, but it would not be the only time he would save Darnay's life. Carton hasled a miserable life and he has always looked up to Darnay. In Sydney Carton, the theme of love is deeply involved withthe theme of resurrection. He is in love with Lucy Manette, even after she marries Charles Darnay. His love for Lucy issimilar to the knights during the age of chivalry. He vows to give his life for her or anyone she loves.Carton soon realizes that he may have to make good on the promise he made to Lucy. Darnay is taken prisonerfor a second time in France and Carton knows that the French rebels will stop at nothing to kill him this time. Cartonrealizes that he may be able to use his influence over Barsad to switch places with Darnay. Carton looks remarkablysimilar to Darnay and he knows that this may be his only chance to save Darnay.As Carton organizes the switch, the inner purpose of his actions can be seen. Sydney Carton has never...

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