The first demonstration that having one's mind set on a goal will make one blind to the reality of their goal can be seen when Charles Darnay travels to France. In the text it states that "the Lodestone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). This quote means that Charles Darnay sees absolutely no danger in his plan to save Gabelle in Paris. Hubris is a quality found in most humans and it is what causes them to not see the reality of situations. It is this loss of sight that leads to people believing that they can achieve anything. This is also known as recklessness and it may lead to one's downfall. In the novel, Charles Darnay is blind to the danger's that await him in France because of his excessive pride.
The first way that people deliberately never see all aspects when making decisions is shown when Charles Darnay races to save Gabelle from prison. For example in the text it states “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger” (Dickens 226). This quote proves this because Darnay decides to go to Paris without looking at the whole situation. This ends up blinding him from the problems or obstacles he is going to run into. Had he given it any more thought he could have been enlightened about what to expect. This is significant because as a society people tend to make rash decisions. People need to learn to take a step back, relax, and look at every aspect. If people do not understand the situation it will never end the way people want. This is the situation Charles will most likely find himself in as soon as he arrives in Paris.
The first demonstration that privilege leads to ignorance is when Charles Darnay decided to go to Paris. In A Tale of Two Cities it states that “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger” (Dickens 226). This quote explained that due to Darnay’s privileged upbringing he is unaware that in going to Paris, to rescue an old servant, he is putting his own life at risk. If the French were willing to emprison a man merely for working for a noble, Darnay should realize what they would do to this noble’s nephew. Paris was in a state of bedlam and Charles thought himself to be an infallible hero who could rescue his uncle’s servant as well as the men and woman of Paris, so the city is drew him in. Humans, as a species, tend to ignore the suffering of others and the possibilities of bad outcomes to ensure that their illusion of perfection remains true. Those brought up privileged have been constantly exposed to luxury and happiness so they are used to the state of mind that nothing can go wrong. Once the possibility of failure, angst, macabre or general unhappiness presents itself, the privileged ignore this situation and return to the infallible mindset. This is also seen when the Marquis ignores the suffering of the people, third estate living off his land, and enjoys his luxury and painless life.
The first reason why escaping one’s problems can lead to their overall destruction can be seen through Charles Darnay’s return to Paris after having fled the country of France to start a new life in London, England. In the novel, it states how “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and [that] he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger” (Dickens 226). This quote explains how even after Charles has started a new life in London, his past life in Paris- the Loadstone Rock- is calling him back with new dangers for him to encounter due to the French Revolution. This is significant because it is human nature to flee from a place which has caused so many problems. The issue with trying to escape from one’s past problems, however, is that these dark memories will always return even stronger that before. Escaping one’s problems instead of facing them can become one’s true hamartia, and can emulate in a destructive manner, affecting the individual in traumatic ways. Therefore, due to Charles Darnay’s Dionysian attempt on escaping his problems in Paris, he will now have to face new problems with worse consequences.
The first reason that one’s undying love for another will lead to perilous behaviour is seen when Charles Darnay returns to Paris, France in order to rescue his imprisoned friend Monsieur Gabelle. For example, in the novel, Dickens explains that “the loadstone rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger” (Dickens 226). This quote explained that due to Darnay’s clouded judgment, he is unaware that travelling to Paris, to save his servant, will ultimately risk his own life. At this time, many of the French were marginalized, there was an uneven pendulum between the nobles and the commoners. Through the 17th and 18th centuries, the nobles were superior and could not tolerate pure pathos. The commoners were willing to imprison any man, and harmed them, showing no mercy. Darnay did not realize what they could do to the nephew of a noble. Paris was in a state of bedlam and Darnay felt he could emasculate the tensions between the nobles and commoners, by saving his friend Gabelle, as well as the rest of the men and women of Paris. These macabre tendencies, between the people of Paris was the loadstone rock that drew Darnay in. Humans, as a species, will do anything for a loved one who is in need. They develop strong bonds between one another, which can ultimately lead to their clouded judgement that interferes with their ability to recognize danger. One will not see how dangerous a situation is solely because all they see is the loved one in need. In this particular case, Darnay’s actions could potentially lead to his demise.
Another way in which the recurring reminder of past mistakes leads one on a quest to seek redemption is shown through Charles Darnay's desire save Mr. Gabelle. For example, in the novel it states that, " The Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger"(Dickens 226). This shows how Charles Darnay feels that he must go to a bedlam full Paris in order to do right by Mr. Gabelle. The Loadstone Rock is representative of Darnay's conscience, which has since been awoken upon reading Gabelle's letter, and in which its pathos is now leading him to Paris. This is significant because one cannot truly be happy before having rid themselves of any guilty feelings. These emotions are so strong that any risks to one's wellbeing are often put aside for the sake of self redemption. Similarly, Charles Darnay ignores the dangers that he may face in Paris in favor of purging himself of the angst he is experiencing regarding his past decisions.
The first reason that people's curiosity overpowers them is shown when Charles Darnay is drawn towards Paris during the revolution. For example, in the novel it states that, "the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock, he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). Charles is allowing his curiosity to control the outcome of his actions that before he knows it, he is on his way to Paris. This quote represents how people are blinded by their curiosity that they do not see the full danger and consequences they are being drawn into. Curiosity is the Loadstone Rock in people's lives that draws them towards different parts of the unknown, whether it be towards a new place in the world or even just something as small as what is behind a door. Therefore, curiosity is an aspect people continuously let overthrow them, not thinking properly about the outcome of their actions.
The first reason that demonstrates that the recurring reminder of past mistakes leads one to seek redemption can be seen through the character Charles Darnay. For example in the text it states, “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger.” (Dickens 226). The quote demonstrates how Charles’ past mistakes are drawing him back to France to make matters right. He is aware that his mistakes need to be resolved and wants to go to France to do so. This is significant because often the reminder of past mistakes sends people down a self-destructing path. They no longer want to seek redemption, instead mistakes become a recurring action. However, the reminder of mistakes could also have the opposite effect. Mistakes could motivate someone to try to do better and seek redemption. Charles Dannay demonstrates this as his mistakes are not causing him angst, but instead are drawing him to seek redemption. He wants to find enlightenment and clarity, so much that he is willing to go to France to do so. The reminder of his mistakes are motivating him to find redemption. Through Charles Darnay it is proven that past mistakes is what leads one on a path to redemption.
The first reason why Charles Darnay is an easily swayed character is because he fails to see the dangers present in life. In the novel, it is stated that “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger”(Dickens 226). This quote demonstrates how Darnay is inconsiderate of the dangers and is only driven by what he thinks must get done. This is significant because everyday, people are blinded by their Id factor. The Id part of the mind can convince a person into believing that there are no dangers present, that they are invincible. This can result in irrational thinking and actions because a person will always be driven by what they think. Therefore, Charles Darnay is a foolish character because he is inconsiderate of the dangers of life, which causes him to perform irrational actions that affect himself and his family.
The first example of how danger is not always apparent in every situation is when Charles Darnay wants to venture to France. For example, in the text Charles Dickens states "The Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He know of no rock; he saw hardly any danger."(Dickens 226) Character Charles Darnay was being drawn to the Loadstone Rock that is France. He wanted to venture there to save a man by the name of Gabelle that was trapped in prison, without seeing any danger. If Mr.Darnay were to go to France, he would be face a great macabre; he is now the marquis. Unfortunately he is too optimistic and infallible about the situation to see the danger within it. When making decisions in life , not everyone be aware of the consequences to their actions. A fallacy can could be clear to some , but to someone who is overly optimistic , they tend to block out the thought and focus on what may happen. Thoughts like these result in potential deaths, emotional trauma and legal troubles. As seen with Mme Manette dying from the grief of the situation of her husband imprisonment. The emotional trauma took effect on her and lead to the results of death.
The first way of how the ignorance in characters causing consequences in the future can be associated with Charles Darnay. For example in the text it states, “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly of any danger” (Dickens 226). This quote shows how ignorant Charles Darnay was of the revolution, and of how his family and class were being prosecuted by the citizens. This is significant as this shows how human ignorance can lead to consequences in the future. This can be related in real life by tourists who visit high conflict areas like North Korea, and be arrested for something that one was not aware was illegal. This can be seen in Charles Darnay’s decision to return to Paris, a move which will bring conflict later in the future.
The first way that Charles Darnay's ignorance effects those around him is when he thinks that no one will kill him for being the Marquis since he has done nothing wrong to them. This is shown in the quote, "the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). This shows that even though there was a threat there waiting for him, he could not see it but it was still there and waiting for him to strike. This effects those around him because if he believes that he is infallible and that nothing dire could happen to him, it could result in his demise. The outcome of such an event would be the suffering of those who loved and cared for him and leaving them with the fallout of the incident. This is significant because the death a person could cause one to become depressed and detached from those around them and go through a long period of grief and angst. If Darnay were to die, he would be putting many people through a lot of psychological pain that could also have a dangerous outcome, such as death, injury or development issues. Charles Darnay's ignorance could result in his death which would effect those around him by making have to deal the consequences.
An example demonstrating that Charles Darnay's deadliest hamartia is his impulsiveness when he decides to abandon his family to save Gabelle in Paris. Charles Dickens demonstrates this when he writes "the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. [Darnay] knew of no rock, he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). In this quote, Darnay makes the impromptu decision to go to Paris to save his servant without properly analyzing the situation. Paris is a dangerous place for an emmigré, since they were considered enemies of the state; they would probably kill Darnay if he returned. Had Darnay been less impulsive, he would not have been putting himself in any danger. People are often impulsive. When somebody has a responsibility, they will often put themselves at great risk to see their responsibilities attended to. To accomplish this, people will abandon other responsibilities that may be more important; they just do not take the time to examine the pros and cons due to a false sense of urgency. This sense of urgency is what led Charles Darnay to abandon his wife and child to help a stranger in a hostile country. Darnay believes himself to be infallible, but had he taken the time to examine the situation, he would have realized that he should not go to Paris, for risk of being killed by the guillotine.
The first example of privilege leading to ignorance is when Darnay goes to Paris. He believes that it was safe to go and that “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger” (Dickens 226). He did not see the danger waiting for him in Paris because he had no idea of what was happening there. Darnay lived a life of privilege where he was isolated from all the struggles that the rest of the French citizens had to face every day. People who have wealth or power are isolated from those who do not. They are oblivious of the everyday struggles that rest of the population has to go through. They are so isolated from the rest of the world that they cannot see how intense and macabre the lives of others really are. When others are struggling to stay alive or even starting a revolution they are too ignorant to realise what is going on and so something about it, as seen by Darnay leaving the safety of England and going to Paris because he does not think there is any danger there.
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The first reason why ignorance is the hamartia of Charles Darnay is because Charles risks his own life and the life of his family to save a friend by going to Paris. In the text it states " the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" ( Dickens 226 ). In this situation of dramatic irony, Charles has no idea that Paris is hunting him down for being the nephew of the Marquis St. Evrémonde. Charles now heading towards Paris, the loadstone rock, is endangering himself and his loved ones. Ignorance is extremely dionysian in this way of not being aware of what may occur if something happened. Every person is ignorant, but when it involves family or friends, most think before their actions. Charles Darnay's greatest hamartia is his ignorance because through his ignorance, he may destroy the greatest joy in his life.
One way that shows that desire leads to hardship is when Charles Darnay is drawn to France during the Revolution. For example, in the novel it states, "the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). This quote shows that Charles' desire to go to France at this time will put him in danger even if he does not see it for himself. He has dionysian characteristics and acts impulsively. His id is telling him to go to Paris with no consideration for the other circumstances of the situation. He is the new Marquis so the majority of the population of France despises him and will cause him trouble. This is significant because one's desires are often their hamartia. Desire does not come from logical or rational thinking. If someone wants something enough they will overlook the consequences of their actions and act in a machiavellian way. One's desires will always overpower their ability to think rationally and therefore, will cause them great stress. This can be demonstrated by Darnay when he decides to leave his family behind to return to his home lane even thought it is extremely dangerous for him there.
The first demonstration that one’s decision can alter the life of not just oneself but the life of many is when Charles Darnay feels pushed to go to Paris. For example, in the novel it states that “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew for no rock; he saw hardly any danger” (Dickens 226). This quote is significant because Charles Darnay’s motivation to go back to Paris was so strong that there was nothing that could hold him back. This decision will alter many of his loved one’s lives including his wife and daughter. It is preposterous that Darnay did not think that this decision would put Lucie and little Lucie in grave danger. Many people are self-centered and do not think their choices will affect the people around them. The fact that someone shows no desire to hear someone’s opinion before making a life changing decision is deceiving. This shows how the people are very ignorant and this is clearly evident with Charles Darnay in the novel. Many lives can drastically be changed by one’s decisions which Charles Darnay does when he decided to go to Paris.
The first way that emotions can effect one's decision making can be seen through Charles Darnay when he decides to go to France to save Gabelle. In the text, it states that "the loadstone rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). This quote demonstrates Charles Darnay's poor decision making to travel to Paris due to his love for Gabelle even though there are revolutionaries wanting to kill him. This is significant because emotions often cause people to think unclearly and act out of character. Someone who is in emotional distress will often act upon their thoughts without thinking them through. This can put that individual in danger as it did with Charles Darnay who also did not think through his thoughts.
The first demonstration that it is human nature to seek out conflict is shown when Charles Darnay decides to go to Paris. In the text it states that “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on until he struck” (Dickens 226). This shows how he is drawn to the conflict that is in Paris, but does not realize it. This is an aspect of the subconscious, or superego. People will be attracted toward conflict, whether they realize it or not. Charles Darnay travelled to Paris because he was attracted to the conflict there.
The first way that being oblivious can lead to certain doom is shown through Charles Darnay. For example in the text it states that "the loadstone rock was drawing him, and he must sail on it, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). Darnay was being drawn to the loadstone rock. which in this case was Paris. Darnay wanted to help save an innocent man and thought he was infallible but to his surprise, it was a death-trap. He was to frightened and concerned about what might happen he didn't think clearly. Many people are oblivious to the world around them and even in their personal life. They have limited information about events that occur around them and away from them. This leads to poor decision making and could unfortunately lead to death. This is precisely what is seen with Charles Darnay. He is oblivious to the current events in Paris and gets himself put in jail.
The first example proving that ignorance leads to a person's downfall is Charles Darnay's determination to return to Paris and save the Marquis. In the text it states, "the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). This means that Charles Darnay is unaware of the danger that waits for him in Paris, so he has no second thoughts about going. He believes that his title alone will keep him safe. This puts Darnay in a great deal of trouble because he is not prepared to defend himself. Being aware of current events in society is crucial to properly living in it. If people are not properly informed about what is happening in their lives, it is impossible to ready for what might impact them. This is serious because the negative impacts change lives for the worse, similar to how Darnay was imprisoned.
Many people experience hard in their life; Some people even let the stench of despair overwhelm them. But people who are strong will overcome them and stand tall. Sometimes it only takes the little moments in life; to keep people upright. In Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities it is shown that good moments in life will always overcome the darkness. Perseverance, hope, and resilience which are three parts that are shown in the novel that help overcome the darkness. These all reinforce the fact that light will always overcome the darkness.
The first reason that ignorance will cause one to make poor decisions is shown when Charles Darnay makes the decision to go to Paris. In the novel, it states that, "the loadstone rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). In this quote, it is evident that Darnay truly did not know of any danger that could come to him in doing this. He was a wealthy man of the upper class, and did not care about the lower class, or the less fortunate. He believed he was infallible, and did not bother questioning about the possible dangers. This is significant because ignorance is capable of blinding someone from reality. When one does not see the reality of the situation, they will make poor decisions regarding that situation. If they refuse to become educated, their decisions will very easily put them and those around them in danger, as seen with Charles Darnay.
The first example of wealth causing ignorance can be seen in Charles Darnay’s desire to return to France. In the text it states that “the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger” (Dickens 226). This quote shows that Charles Darnay is ignorant to the danger in France. Due to his wealth and privileged upbringing, he does not see the danger he faces as the nephew of the Marquis. Charles does not understand the anger and hatred of the poor. This is significant because society often forgets how fortunate and privileged they are. While some poorer parts of the world do not have access to clean water and food, society takes these necessities for granted and does not fully appreciate them. Much like Charles Darnay, society’s wealth has made them ignorant to the rest of the world.
The first reason that people get strength by other people's weaknesses is when Charles Darnay goes to Paris to help his servant Gabelle. For example, in the novel it states that "the Loadstone Rock was drawing him, and he must sail on, until he struck. He knew of no rock; he saw hardly any danger" (Dickens 226). This quote demonstrates Gabelle's weakness drawing Darnay and with that weakness he gets his strength. With this strength he fears no danger. This is significant because people like the idea of others depending on them. The reason for this is because it makes them feel as if they were stronger and better than them. However, since they do not want to disappoint others, they will do whatever is necessary even though there could be negative consequences. This is evident when Darnay goes to Paris to help Gabelle even though it is dangerous for him to be there.
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