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Theme Of Resurrection In A Tale Of Two Cities

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Resurrection is a common theme for stories. In order for someone or something to be resurrected, it must first be created and then dilapidated. The focus in A Tale of Two Cities is on the dilapidated and resurrection portion of this pattern. There are a myriad of examples in this novel of resurrection. Specific people, groups of people, and even France are all examples of resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities. The theme of resurrection applies to Sydney Carton and Dr. Manette in A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens.
Both Dr. Manette’s and Sydney Carton’s needs for resurrection manifest themselves at the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities. Dr. Manette had been in the Bastille for 18 years, and he is still living like he is in prison. When M. Defarge brings Lucie to meet Dr. Manette for the first time, he says that he wants “to let a little light in here.” (XX) Dr. Manette is literally, as well as figuratively, living in the dark, this dark is inhuman. Another hint at the de-humanization of Dr. Manette is when Defarge asks Manette his name, he responds with his prison address: “One Hundred and Five, North Tower.” (XX) The reader knows this because Defarge can’t even see what’s going on due to the lack of light. Dr. Manette has little connection with the outside world. He is described as a “hopeless and lost creature” (XX) showing that he is not acting as a human being should. Dr. Manette’s resurrection is foreshadowed when Mr. Lorry dreams that he will “recall to life [refers to Dr. Manette].” (11) Sydney Carton is also in a dilapidated state at the start of A Tale of Two Cities. Sydney Carton is a hopeless drunkard, Mr. Stryver, his employer, has come to expect his employee to come to work drunk: “You have had your bottle to-night Sydney?” (XX) Mr. Stryver does not ask if Carton has had a drink, he asks him if he has had his drink. This suggests that Carton has a bottle to drink every night. Sydney Carton’s proclivity for intoxication practically screams at the reader that this character is unstable and unhappy with his position in life. Sydney Carton has nothing to live for. Both Carton and Manette’s lives were in a state of ruin until Lucie Manette is introduced to them. It is at this point that both men’s lives being their upward climb.
In the Second Book of A Tale of Two Cities the theme of resurrection starts to become apparent through the characters Sydney Carton and Dr. Manette. Dr. Manette has improved enormously since the last book. A man once described as “haggard” (XX) is now being described as “handsome” and “not past the prime of his life.” (XX) This is significant to the theme of...

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