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Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities

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The French Revolution can best be described by Dickens in the opening phrase of his novel A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” (Dickens 1). A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens in 1859, takes place in London and Paris during the French Revolution. The book tells the story of a circle of people living and fighting during this dangerous time. These characters include Dr. Manette, a doctor and prisoner of the Bastille for eighteen years who is just reunited with his lovable daughter, Lucie, for the first time since his imprisonment. Mr. Lorry is a banker and family friend of the Manette’s and Charles Darnay is a kind, generous man with a corrupt, noble family who marries Lucie. The Defarges are a married couple who lead the peasants’ revolt in the Revolution, and Sydney Carton is a lawyer’s assistant with a seemingly wasted life, but finds his life’s worth in the end. From these characters and this story, the theme of sacrifice is well displayed, especially the sacrifice for loved ones. The book shows us that love overcomes evil every time through the sacrifices of Miss Pross, Dr. Manette, and Sydney Carton.
Out of a selfless love, Miss Pross, Lucie’s caretaker and mother figure, is willing to sacrifice herself for Lucie’s safety. Madame Defarge, one of the leaders in the peasant revolt of the Revolution, hates and wants to kill all of the Evrémonde family as revenge for the murder of her entire family. Since Darnay, Lucie’s husband, is an Evrémonde, Madame Defarge craves to kill him as well as his family, including Lucie. She has already captured Darnay, who is soon to be beheaded. Therefore, all she needs is to kill Lucie and her daughter and the Evrémonde family will be eliminated. Madame Defarge decides to go after them one night, the same night they are planning to escape Paris. Without knowing this fact, Madame Defarge goes to the Manette’s house where she unexpectedly meets Miss Pross. Thinking Miss Pross is hiding them, Madame Defarge demands to see Lucie, threatening: “‘It will do her no good to keep herself concealed from me at this moment. . . Good patriots will know what that means. Let me see her. Go tell her that I wish to see her. Do you hear?’” (285). Madame Defarge, wishing to fulfill her goal of killing all of the Evrémonde lineage, and Miss Pross, fighting for her cause of protecting Lucie, are both at bay. Miss Pross states: “‘If those eyes of yours were bed-winches . . . and I was an English four-poster, they shouldn’t loose a splinter of me. No, you wicked foreign woman; I am your match’” (285). Madame Defarge and Miss Pross are as determined and devoted to their cause as the other, not caring about the consequences. Miss Pross, however, is fueled by her love for Lucie, as Madame Defarge is motivated by her hatred of the Evrémondes. Miss Pross is fighting for a much stronger, selfless cause, proven by declaring: “‘I don’t care an English Twopence for myself. I know that the...

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