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Sydney Carton In Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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In Charles Dickens, “Tale of Two Cities,” Sydney Carton is an extremely important character, and also affected by society and the revolution. He is a “disappointing drudge.” Sydney has no hope for himself, and believes that he use useless just as much as he is worthless. Carton’s life is changed because of society and individual influences. He plays a huge role in the novel, for himself and other characters. Carton is affected by sadness, guilt, alcoholism, distress, love, and jealousy. He is the most influential character in the story, and saves Charles Darnay’s life while ending his own. Sydney is affected by society in ways such as his problem with alcoholism, jealousy, and his ...view middle of the document...

Not only did society have an effect, but the Revolution played a major role as well.

The Revolution changed Sydney more than society did. Sydney had never been a happy man, he was always indulging in self pity or wallowing in his own sadness. Although, when the Revolution began, he became much more observant and aware. Sydney started to use his brilliance to a higher level, and the first example is his “card game” with Barsad. He asks him, “You are a turnkey at the Conciergerie?” (315) in order for Barsad’s help in opening Darnay’s cell. His tactic of persuading Barsad is blackmail, since Barsad is an english spy and he is actually Miss Pross’ brother. The next way that Sydney uses his awareness is overhearing the Defarges plan to kill the Manettes. From then he informs Mr. Lorry in the quote, “They are in great danger. They are in danger of denunciation by Madame Defarge.” (352) and successfully aided the Manette’s to flee from the danger. The Revolution caused Carton to almost show off his brilliant side that he had always been a trait of his but he never got to show it. This was a very effective way to show Sydney’s productive and efficient side. Another trait that was brought out evidently was confidence. Sydney was one of the most important characters in the whole novel.

Without Sydney in this story, it would have had a totally different ending. His confidence was much stronger towards the end of the book than it ever was in the beginning. In the beggining, society had made Carton out to be this disappointing man, not only to observers, but himself as well. At the very end of the book, Sydney takes his life for Charles Darnay’s being and Lucies mental health. His...

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