The Powerful Women of A Tale of Two Cities
Strong women dominate some of the lead roles in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Lucie Manette, Miss Pross, and Madame Defarge are all examples of strong women. Some of these women are physically strong, and some are strong at heart. Some use their strength to help others, and some use their strength to get revenge. In the end, the women who used their strength for good were always victorious.
Lucie Manette is a beautiful young woman with golden hair and blue eyes. She is very kind, compassionate, and sensitive to others. Lucie has many qualities that reveal her strength. When she sees her father for the first time, she is frightened, but eager to love him. She finally is near him and is not afraid, though Mr. Lorry and Mr. Defarge are worried that her father might hurt her. Lucie commands the two men to not come near her and her father. She brings her father back to life, and only she can bring him back when he reverts to being the prisoner that he used to be for eighteen years. When Sydney Carton went to see Lucie one day, he confided with her his deepest feelings. She listened with a warm heart and showed nothing but compassion. When Lucie and Charles Darnay were to be married, Lucie told her father that she would not marry Charles if it would separate her from her father. Lucie had a daughter and then a son. When her son died, Lucie had to be very strong to deal with his death. Because she is strong, she was able to continue life after his death, and lived very happily with her husband and daughter. She was unselfish and was always trying to please others before herself. Miss Pross was similar to Lucie in this way.
Miss Pross is a wild-looking woman with red hair. She has great physical strength that she uses to protect her precious Lucie. She also has impressive strength verbally. One example is when Miss Pross and Mr. Lorry meet for the first time. Mr. Lorry had just told Lucie that her father was still alive. When Lucie fainted, Mr. Lorry called for help. Miss Pross ran in the room in front of the inn servants. Her physical strength is shown when she laid her hand on Mr. Lorry and sent him flying to the wall. Mr. Lorry's reaction was that she must be a man. Then Miss Pross demonstrates her verbal strength by barking orders to the servants to bring smelling-salts cold water, and vinegar instead of standing around and looking at her. After the ordeal, she scolds Mr. Lorry for harming her Ladybird. Though these actions make Miss Pross seem harsh and man-like, she proves that she is comforting and loving also. She took Lucie and softly laid her on the sofa while calling her such names as "my precious" and "my bird" and spread her golden hair aside over her shoulders with great pride and care. Indeed, Miss Pross is very jealous of her Lucie, but underneath the eccentricity, she is,...