The final way that shows how guilt leads to self destruction is when Dr. Manette relapses after his letter sends Darnay to his death. For example, in the novel it states, "he sank into the chair, and brooded over the embers, and shed tears" (Dickens 120). This quote shows that Dr. Manette is returning to his old habits and his previous unstable state. His guilt of his letter condemning Darnay, his own son-in-law, sends him into a downwards spiral towards his self destruction. This is significant because guilt is such a strong emotion that it can cause serious damage to one's psychological well-being. Even if there was an intent of hurting someone, one's conscious will still tell them that it was morally wrong. The guilt can cause a paradigm shift from being completely fine to being emasculated and suffering of a depressed state. As humans, guilt can be a hamartia and ultimately lead to self destruction. This is also demonstrated by Darnay when he feels guilt for leaving London to go to Paris when an old servant is emprisonned for working for Charles himself.
When in trouble, one always asks for help, but it is also when helping other that one can resolve their own emotional conflicts. It was through the help of other that Dr.Manette was able to recover from his emotional trauma. Also, as Sydney Carton helped save Charles Darnay, and Lucie, and Dr.Manette leave Paris, he stopped his self-induced oppression and began to realise the good in his life. Finally, after helping Ms. Pross and the Manette family, Cruncher realises that he should stop mistreating his wife and be a better husband and father. These all demonstrate how it is only through helping other that one can recover from their own problems. Unfortunately, it is not well known of the strength that helping others can have on one’s life.
When in trouble, one always asks for help, but it is also when helping others that one can resolve their own emotional conflict. It was through the help of others that Dr.Manette was able to recover from this emotional trauma. Also, as Sydney Carton helped save Charles Darnay he stopped is self-induced oppression and began to have an optimistic mind set. Finally, after helping Ms.Pross and the Manette family, Cruncher realizes that he should stop mistreating his wife and become a better husband and father. These all demonstrate how it is only through helping other that one can recover from their own problems. Unfortunantley, it is not well known of the strength that helping others can have on one's life.
Love has the power to overcome a person’s mindset. The character Mr.Defarge is over powered by love during the rise of the french revolution when he does not want to kill or harm the Manette family. Gaspard is another character whose actions were overtaken by love when he impulsively killed the marquis after his child was killed. Finally, Sydney Carton demonstrates his act of love when he sacrifices himself for Charles Darnay and his family. This all demonstrates how love is the strongest determining factor of a person’s actions. Unfortunately, the battle between love and hate is still present in society today as they determine a person’s every action and decision.
People give one another hope. The character Dr. Manette demonstrates this through his father, daughter relationship with Lucie. Charles Darnay also showed people give one another hope by his loving actions towards Lucie. Finally, Jarvais Lorry was an example of being given hope by how Lucie helped him become open minded. This all demonstrates how hope only comes through inspiration from another person. Lucie's loving relationship with her father, Charles Darnay's gestures towards Lucie, and Lucie helping Jarvais Lorry open up to new experiences. This book is still relevant in today's society because in order to do something or over come something, people have to look deep within others to find the hope and inspiration they are looking for in the world. There is always a chance of finding inspiration to provide people with hope.
One’s undying love can create perilous actions. The character Charles Darnay demonstrated this through his friendship with Monsieur Gabelle. Sydney Carton also showed his compassion towards Charles Darnay and his family. Finally, Ms. Pross was another example of how her love towards the Manette family propelled her to act in a protective way. All of these characters show that a love so strong clouds one’s judgement, which leads to uncertain results. Charles Darnay’s unbreakable friendship with Monsieur Gabelle, Sydney Carton’s gestures towards Charles Darnay and Ms. Pross’ protective actions are the loadstone rocks that draw their actions in certain situations. The book A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens, is relevant in today’s society because one 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 may not see how dangerous a situation is solely because all they see is the loved one in need. Love can overtake one’s emotions and actions.
Revenge has the power to cause people to go to extreme measures. The character Gaspard goes to extreme measure to get revenge on the Marquis whose carriage ran over and killed his child by assassinating him. Madame Defarge also goes to extreme measures to try and kill all the Evermondes and anyone related due to past history. Lastly, Mr. Defarge gets revenge during the attack on the bastille by killing people and helping tear it down. This all demonstrates how revenge is the strongest driving force. Unfortunately, the thirst for revenge is common in today’s society and revenge usually only leads to bad endings.
In everyone’s lives there are certain events that they will never forget. Madame Defarge proves this when she does whatever possible to avenge her family against the Evremonde family. Dr. Manette also displays this when, even at the end of the novel, he cannot go back to his profession but still relapses back to being a shoemaker as a way to cope with his angst. Finally, Lucie also demonstrates her inability to forget the past when she shuts down after her husband goes to jail. Though a different set of circumstance, she fears she will lose him the way she lost her father for a long period of time. All of these examples prove how traumatic events scar people for life and have negative long-term effects. Even today, with all of our technology and advances in understanding the human mind, people still suffer drastically from traumatic events. There has been no solution discovered yet that is able to help them all.
Poverty is inevitable for many people throughout the world. It is the symbol of oppression, and unequal opportunity. This is why oppression leads to hatred. Gaspard demonstrates this effect when he kills Monsieur the Marquis, his oppressor. Madame Defarge was also a victim of oppression who expressed her resulting hatred toward the first and second estate throughout the storming of the Bastille. Finally, the third estate generally demonstrates hatred toward the first and second estate. This is shown through the revolution and the reign of terror. In all of these situations, people expressed hatred toward the person or group who is oppressing them. Unfortunately oppression is still a problem, and it is still the reason for many violent conflicts and acts of hatred.
Sacrifice is the root of all change. Sydney Carton demonstrates this by sacrificing his life in order to save the lives of the ones he loves. Miss Pross also demonstrates sacrifice by losing her sense of hearing while fending off Mme. Defarge. Finally, Gaspard kills the Marquis St. Evremonde but is forced to give up his own life in return. This all shows how sacrifices are necessary in order to invoke a positive change in society. Everything in the world comes with a price. There is nothing that can be obtained without first sacrificing something in exchange; however, if society can endure these sacrifices its people will be rewarded with better lives.
Emotional trauma has the power to take and destroy lives. The character known as Mme. Manette dies of grief due to her husband being sentenced to imprisonment. Lucie and her beloved child are also victims of emotional trauma when Charles Darnay decides he wants to venture to France to save his servant Gabelle. Finally Dr. Manette's relapse is an example of how emotional trauma can destroy lives. This all demonstrates how our decisions can cause emotional trauma that can lead to death and the destruction of lives. Being aware of the actions we take is important in everyday life. Thinking decisions through completely before going forth is key , especially when other people are at state.
Narcissism is detrimental to a person's life. The character Foulon demonstrates this quality by telling the 3rd Estate to eat grass when they are starving. He did not care about them because his life was luxurious and plentiful. Later, during the Revolution, the 3rd Estate tore Foulon apart and mounted his head on a stake with grass stuffed in the mouth. The majority of the 2nd Estate were also victims of there own Narcissism. They did not show the 3rd Estate any compassion either, because they were so content with their own lives. As a result, most of them were also massacred during the Revolution. The last example of self-destruction arising from narcissism is the Queen and King of France. The King and Queen's self obsession caused so much hate that they were imprisoned, murdered, and had their heads paraded around like trophies. They were completely unaware of the situation in their city, and were despised because of it. This all demonstrates how self-destructive narcissism is. This is relevant because there will always be self-obsessed people, and none of them will learn from each other.
Marginalization brings about immense hatred. The third estate demonstrates this by releasing their hatred upon the monarchy. Mme. shows her hatred of being marginalized by trying to kill Charles Darnay and his family. Finally demonstrates his hatred for the monarchy after being isolated in jail for more than twenty five years. All these acts show how marginalizing a group or a person can lead to a burning hatred inside them that they need to satisfy through actions or words. Accept everyone and grow together as a society.
Love is the pillar of strength and is the fuel that drives people forward. The character Lucie Mannette personified this statement by blatantly breaking the law and showing no fear because of her love for her husband Charles Darnay. Dr Manette was also an example of this by working hard to protect and save Charles all because of his love for his daughter. Finally Sydney Carton was an example of sacrifice for love by sacrificing himself because of his love and care for Lucie and her family. Love is able to make people stronger because people become blinded by love, overcome adversity through their love and are able to sacrifice because of their love. This demonstrates how the strength that love gives you will fuel you forward. This book is still relevant today because it shows that love is within us all no matter how bad we are we can still find the strength because of the little bit of love trapped within each of us.
The love and support of others instills a sense of hope that can prevent isolation. A first demonstration of this phenomenon can be seen through Jarvis Lorry's caring nature for the Manettes. Dr. Manette is another character that is recalled to life due to his desire to be a good father to Lucy. Finally, Sydney Carton's lack of social connections before his relationship with Lucy is what leads him to sacrifice himself in order to protect her. These all demonstrate how healthy relationships are what leads one on a path to rebirth. Being alone can result in a depressive state and self-destructive tendencies. Without the presence of family and friends in one's life, they will never truly be happy or live a fulfilled life.
Ignorance of characters can lead to many consequences and conflicts later in the future. The first demonstration of this can be found where Lucy Manette did not know that Dr. Manette (her father) had been alive throughout Lucy’s childhood and had been imprisoned for 17 years. This later on allows for the denunciation of Charles Darnay based on the letter found within the Bastille. Another example can be found where Charles Darnay decides to travel back Paris after receiving word that Gabelle had been imprisoned due to working for Charles Darnay, and tries to free Gabelle from prison. This later develops to the imprisonment and close execution of Darnay. Lastly, this can be seen when Defarge was ignorant that the Evremonde had affected his wife’s family by killing most of their members. This leads to the mistrust and slight troubled relations between the two.
True love is part of human nature. It is one of the strongest forces of human emotions. Dr.Manette’s love for Lucie Manette portrayed this when he put aside his fears in order to help her husband. Miss Pross’ love for Lucie Manette also demonstrated this when she fights Mme.Defarge in order to keep Lucie and her family safe. Finally Sydney Carton’s love for Lucie Manette also demonstrates this when he sacrifices his life for Lucie and her family. All the three characters demonstrate how true love is the most selfless human emotion. A recurring fallacy is that other human emotions such as kindness, compassion, and empathy are the most selfless human emotions. However complete selflessness is having love for another. Loving another so much that their needs and wants are put above everything else. Being prepared to do absolutely anything for them, without thinking of one’s own desires. The most vulnerable psychological state that one can be in is when in love, because in that state one is completely selfless.
Guilt has the power to be detrimental to one's life. The character Lucie Manette demonstrated guilt leading to hardship when she faints during Charles' trial. Darn at was also a victim of guilt that suffered the consequences when he fled London to go to Paris when his old servant was emprissoned for working for him. Finally, Dr.Manette was an example of how guilt can lead to hardship when his letter send Charles to his death and caused him to relapse and fall into his previous unstable state. Guilt can lead to extreme hardship in one's life. It is self-destructive and shows the death before rebirth. This is relevant because humans cannot control how they feel, therefore, they cannot prevent the consequences that come along with the feeling of guilt.
Love causes people to do preposterous acts. The character Sydney Carton demonstrates this by sacrificing his life because he loved Lucie Manette and wanted her to be happy. Gaspard also showed this by killing the Marquis for murdering his son and he ended up getting hanged for it. Finally, Miss Pross wanted protected Lucie and everyone and went to the extent of killing Madame Defarge to hide their location. This all demonstrates how love is humanity's hamartia by showcasing the fact that people will risk anything for those that they love and even would go as far as taking someones life. Even today, this is still the cause for many crimes and it is a driving force that is difficult to control and prevent.
Guilt is an extremely powerful force that can affect a person in negative ways. The character Lucie faints due to pure pistress and guilt for Charles Darnay after being a witness against Darnay in his trial in London. Charles Darnay returns to Paris after also feeling guilt for abandoning his responsability as the head of yhe Evrémonde family, which ultimately lead him to his improsonment. Finally, Dr. Manette relapses after feeling guilt for being responsable for the condemnation of Charles Darnay. This all demonstrates how guilt leads to one's hardships. Although, as much as guilt can cause negatie effects, it also helps us realise good actions from bad. Guilt can be both good or bad depending on the situation.
Guilt is an extremely powerful force that can affect a person in negative ways. The character Lucie faints due to pure distress and guilt for Charles Darnay after being a witness against Darnay in his trial in London. Charles Darnay returns to Paris after also feeling guilt for abandoning his responsability as the head of the Evrémonde family, which ultimately lead him to his imprisonment. Finally, Dr. Manette relapses after feeling guilt for being responsable for the condemnation of Charles Darnay. This all demonstrates how guilt leads to one's hardships. Although, as much as guilt can cause negative effects, it can also helps us realise good actions from bad. Guilt can be both good or bad depending on the situation.
Support is what gives people the fortitude to persevere in hard times. Lucie Manette demonstrates this by staying with Dr Manette and helping him through his psychotic episodes. In turn, Dr Manette also draws strength from helping Lucie by leading the family in France while she mourns for Charles Darnay. Lastly, Miss Pross draws strength from helping the weak by protecting Lucie from Mme Defarge. This all demonstrates how it is only through helping the weak that people may draw strength. In society, the strong serve the weak, but it is only because there are weaker people that the strong can exist; the weak give the strong a purpose and from that, the strong draw strength.
Support is what gives people the fortitude to persevere in hard times. Lucie Manette demonstrates this by staying with Dr Manette and helping him through his traumatic episodes. In turn, Dr Manette also draws strength from helping Lucie by leading the family in France while she mourns for Charles Darnay. Lastly, Miss Pross draws strength from helping the weak by protecting Lucie from Mme Defarge. This all demonstrates how it is only through helping the weak that people may draw strength. In society, the strong serve the weak, but it is only because there are weaker people that the strong can exist; the weak give the strong a purpose and from that, the strong draw strength.
Love is ultimately the underlying conqueror of misanthropy. Miss Pross shows this with her love towards Lucie Manette. Also Sydney Carton shows his love and devotion towards humanity when he gives up his life for Charles Darnay and his family. Finally Gaspard sows is love that he had for his son by killing the Marquis. Many people so they live in many different ways but in the end misanthropic people will never benefit from being the way they are.
Sacrifice is the underlying resolution for despair. Sydney Carton shows this when he gives up his life for Charles Darnay. Also, the French people show this when they sacrifice themselves to end the violence. Finally, Mr. Manette shows this when he gives up his freedom for integrity. Sacrifice is the only way for us to receive true freedom in our lives when faced with tough situations. Giving up something significant will result in something more rewarding.
Sadism is when people enjoy causing others pain. Some sadists enjoy this because it makes their self esteem rise, but some cause others pain because it is entertaining to them. The character Mme. Defarge is a sadist towards everyone in the second and first estate. The Vengence was also a sadist towards anyone in the first and second estate. Finally barsad is a sadist towards all the estates because of his anger towards people and their decisions. This all demonstrates how sadiam is caused by ignorance because all these characters are ignorant with what they cause people to feel and do not think how this will affect them. Unfortunately the book is still relevent today because there are still sadists in society.
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