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.
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The first example of how strength comes from suffering is demonstrated by Doctor Manette when he is seen by the revolutionaries as an icon of power. As stated in the novel, when Charles Dickens says "for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power"(Dickens 253.), the author is expressing how the Doctor is seen by the revolutionary public. The Doctor realizes that the public sees him as a strong man who withstood the injustice against him, and that the revolutionaries wish for him to lead them to a new era. This is significant because many people in history had become strong and powerful after the suffering of torture, marginalization, and racism. An example of this is Martin Luther King Jr, and how he gained power through the trust and faith of millions of people around the world. This relates back to Doctor Manette because as he was marginalized and oppressed by the French government, he gained power through the trust and faith of French revolutionaries, as they believed that this man would lead them to the defeat of their oppressors.
The first example that demonstrates overcoming suffering leads to eternal happiness is shown through Doctor Manette when he turns his suffering into strength. In the novel, it states “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). This is significant because it demonstrates that overcoming suffering and the feeling of angst, leads to a sense of confidence and joy. This symbolizes the human race’s ability to overcome boundaries and turn those obstacles into strength and power. It is in the human condition that when faced with a test, humans persevere until that boundary is overcome and they meet a sense of enlightenment. This represents the human race’s drive to constantly try to turn suffering into strength, leading to perpetual joy such as Doctor Manette did after he was released from prison.
The first example of how all suffering happens for a reason is evident when the Doctor discovers that he had suffered so much in the past so that he could protect his daughter from incredible heartbreak. The novel states that "for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power" (Dickens 253). This quote proves that the Doctor felt that because of being marginalized for so long, he was at last able to help his daughter as she had helped him. This catharsis was caused by the paradigm shift when he was helpful to Lucie in a way that no one else could be. This relieved him of the worry that the pathos of his suffering was a burden to his daughter. This is significant because this demonstrates how humans are infallibly able to find meaning in even the worst times in their lives. Many people going through tough situations are tempted to give up, and often develop misanthropic tendencies however those who persist find that their unpleasant experiences, served a purpose. Many parents would undoubtedly give themselves up to protect their children, because their love for their children is agape love. This is what Dr. Manette did for Lucie, even though he did not know it at the time of his imprisonment.
The first demonstration to show that all strength is driven from sufferance is shown through Doctor Manette. For example, it states “ for the first time the doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). This quote demonstrates how Doctor Manette found his place in life after several deprivations. His enlightenment has led him to discover his power and strength. All the suffering he has faced in the past has driven him into a frisson which led him to want something more from life.Coming from a hard and tough past, he was driven to find strength and power through his hardships. This is significant because it is in one’s human nature to encounter life’s tough and challenging obstacles but, in order to find strength and power, one must embrace their adversity. All people experience different challenges throughout life’s journey, but it is how one faces the suffering times that will lead one to strength and power. Similarly to Doctor Manette, the bad experiences in his life has driven him to persevere and overcome obstacles that lead him to find strength and power in his life.
The first demonstration that humanity uses dark emotions as a catalyst to power is when Dr. Manette used his own dark emotions to achieve power. In the novel, it states "for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power" (Dickens 253). The quote symbolizes Dr. Manette's dark history but, also demonstrates the conversion of darkness to strength and power. This is significant because the citizens of France, third estate, converted their oppression, suffering, malice, and darkness to energy and unleashed that deep raw energy that was once submissive. Dr. Manette was oppressed similarly to the third estate's oppression; once he had came into contact with citizens of France, he no longer looked at his darkness as weakness but, as energy, strength, and power.
The first way that one’s past sufferings become one’s strengths is shown through Doctor Manette helping Charles Darnay in prison. For example, Dickens states that “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). This quotes shows that Doctor Manette uses his influence as a past prisoner of the Bastille in order to save Charles Darnay. The Doctor was emasculated during his time in the Bastille and this becomes a powerful weapon in helping Darnay because prisoners of the Bastille are held in high regard as symbols of the revolution. He started as a weak old man who had only recently escaped prison and who could not do anything on his own, but he became a strong character who lead the rescue of Charles Darnay. His helping Darnay is also a catharsis that allows him to forget the pain that he endured in prison. This is significant because no one can become strong without suffering. The people who are most successful in life are the people who work hard even when times are exceptionally difficult. These people are able to face new challenges without giving up and this allows them to be strong and successful. The Doctor’s sufferings allow him to continue to work hard in the face of new challenges and this is what makes him strong.
The first example where characters from the novel show that good can come out of darkness is shown when Dr. Manette's suffering in prison becomes a source of power which he uses to attempt to save Darnay. For example, when Dickens says "for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power" (Dickens 253), he shows that the doctor now feels that he is in a position of power, even though he has suffered much in the past. Dr. Manette' s past suffering in prison which gives him feelings of angst was a dark time in his life, but now, it gives him the power to potentially save Darnay from the revolutionaries. When people suffer like Dr. Manette, often times, their suffering does not go in vain. Like how a lotus flower grows from mud, favourable conditions or circumstances can occur from past hardship. Out of suffering, people can gain strengths from within and become stronger mentally or physically, or people can gain strengths from other people like in Dr. Manette's case where his past condition gave him admiration from the people which ultimately gives him more power than he had before.
The first demonstration of how suffering leads to a greater will to aid others is apparent in the novel when for example, Dickens states “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253) The quote shows that after all the years Dr. Manette had been locked in prison and had suffered, he had found strength, knowledge, and compassion for those who are and will be in prison. Dr. Manette had helped Darnay from being sent to prison so Darnay would not have to endure the same way that the Doctor had. The Doctor had also found strength and comfort in helping others in response to being imprisoned and then sitting in a room making shoes. This is significant because through negative experiences humankind learns and can pass on the message to others. Individual people can warn others of their experiences to help them formulate mature and proper decisions. Through this, less negative events will surpass as the viewing of one’s suffering can frighten off others that wish to follow in those steps. The suffering can also be used to fortify an idea, point, or argument as people do not want others to have the same negative experiences that they had to endure. Doctor Manette clearly demonstrates that suffering leads to a greater will to aid others because suffering is all he knew.
The first demonstration of humankind always finding the good in every situation no matter past experiences is Doctor Manette. This is seen through Charles Dickens narration of Doctor Manettes thoughts and feelings “For the first time the Doctor felt now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). Although Doctor Manette has lived a long and painful life, this quote demonstrates that even after having gone through so much he is able to call forth strength and power from others’ weaknesses. By doing so, he is able to encourage the survival of those around him. This is significant because no matter the past experiences one has been through; there will always be something to fight for, to live for in life. Humankind will always be striving for something better than what is already achieved as it is in human nature to not only look, but fight, for what is right. If one, such as Doctor Manette, can find the strength to fight by pulling it forth from anothers' weakness, it demonstrates true will and example of human nature inevitably straining to find the good in any kind of situation.
The first demonstration that an individual's strength is derived from their past weaknesses is displayed through Doctor Manette. For example, the text states that the Doctor comes to the realization that "his suffering was strength and power" (Dickens 253). Doctor Manette had previously been a dependent person and one who was full of angst. Once he returns to his past and begins healing others in the French prisons, he is brought to an emotional catharsis which fills him with a renewal of power. This is significant because people inevitably struggle through times of despair. The adversity which helps one to arise from these difficult times enlightens them and becomes more prominent within them once they have survived their difficulties. This newfound fortitude intrinsically motivates them and influences their thoughts and actions. This ability allows them to have a sense of pride and strength which they can use to help others through the burdens that they face. Doctor Manette is able to reflect on his past difficulties through those of the surrounding prisoners and use this conscious memory to strengthen himself as well as those around him.
The first demonstration that people will not see the good that will come out of their suffering until they actually experience the good is when Doctor Manette uses his history of imprisonment to give him strength with the citizens of France. For example, in the novel it says "For the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power" (Dickens 253). This shows how the Doctor only realized that his former suffering would prove as a strength once he experienced the strength himself. The Doctor suffered while in the Bastille and he did not realize, at the time, that his time in the Bastille would become one of his greatest strengths. This is significant because when marginalized faced with suffering, people will fail to see the good that can come out of it and they turn misanthropic and they give up instead of pushing through like the Doctor did.
The first demonstration that the human tendency to only acknowledge their current emotional well-being leads to their empowerment is shown through Doctor Manette. For example, in the novel, it is demonstrated that the French revolution was "the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power" (Dickens 253). This quote states that the Doctor had suddenly forgotten all of the disparity he endured, and experienced an instantaneous catharsis due to his ignorance. The Doctor recognized that his past was, now, his approach to enlightenment. Humans will disregard the past and the future in order to empower themselves in the present. Like all humans, the Doctor will ignore the strife he experienced in the prison, and will become a symbol of strength and power to the French revolutionaries.
The first demonstration of a person changing due to being suddenly granted power is shown through Doctor Manette after the French people began to revere him for being a Bastille survivor. In the novel, it was stated “For the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power”(Dickens 253). This quote shows how the Doctor changed from his weak normal self into a confident man by being granted power through the people’s admiration for him. All people change when granted even small amounts of power, especially if they had little or no power before. The third estate French people’s view on the power is fickle, when at the bottom they complain about their lack of power ;however if those same people were at the top they would desire to retain their power and use it as benevolently as Doctor Manette did, by using it to remove Charles from prison.
The first demonstration that shows through suffering one can find new beginnings can be shown with Doctor Manette. For example, in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). In this quote the Doctor now believes through all of his struggles, going to prison and having his daughter take care of him, he can return the favour and help Lucie. He has taken all of the negatives and turned them into positives, as he is now able to become the leader in the family. This is significant because throughout life individuals go through hard times but it is important to turn the suffering into happiness. One must use the knowledge they have gained through their times of despair and apply it to present life experiences. Doctor Manette gets through his emasculate time and use what he learned for the greater good of his family.
The first demonstration that releasing the burden of debt brings one happiness can be seen through Doctor Manette. For example, Dickens states that “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). This quote demonstrates that when the Doctor is able to repay his daughter for helping him, he feels excitement and control over his life. Before this moment, the feeling that he owes his daughter antagonizes the Doctor and causes him existential angst. The cathartic release of these thoughts allows him to gain a sense of accomplishment, power, and happiness. This is significant because it outlines the importance of helping others. If people were to take what others give them and never give back, they would consistently feel misanthropic. By repaying others and having give and take relationships, humankind can gain an overall sense of accomplishment and positivity. When Doctor Manette is able to repay Lucie by helping Darnay, he enlightens his spirit.
The first demonstration that suffering is a source of light is when Dr. Manette saves Charles Darnay. For example, it states that "for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power" (Dickens 253). This quote shows that after Doctor Manette saved Charles he became the light in Lucie's life. Through the suffering he had in the prison, he knew what it felt like to be in true darkness. After all this suffering he did not want another person to know what suffering or what the darkness felt like. This is significant because everyone goes through suffering. During this time there is pain, suffering, and disasters. This dichotomy demonstrates that light is the product after suffering. When Dr. Manette allows for his suffering to end, he reveals his gratitude towards helping Charles, and displays strength through this act.
The first demonstration that one’s strengths are derived from one’s past struggles can be seen through Doctor Manette. For example, the text states “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). This quote demonstrates how Doctor Manette realizes he can use his difficult times to become a stronger and more powerful man. Doctor Manette suffered greatly in prison for eighteen years and continues to have occasional relapses of his horrible experiences. Although, he now has learned that he can use his new strengths from his difficult times as power over the revolutionaries. It is with this strength, power, and open mind that allows him to keep Charles Darnay from execution. This is significant because if one can learn to move forward from their struggles and look upon life with positivity, then one will create a better life for themselves and the people around them. If people were always melancholy because of their past struggles, the world would never see enlightenment. Suffering is often seen as pessimistic, but in A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens demonstrates that suffering leads to power and fulfilment with oneself, as proved by Doctor Manette’s perseverance despite all of the misanthropy around him.
The first way that an individual is still able to find enlightenment through others, amongst long-term isolation, is shown through Dr. Manette and his comfort of his daughter. For example, in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, it states that “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). This quote demonstrates that after all the hardship Alexandre Manette battled, eighteen years in a macabre prison alone, he still managed to build strength and overcome his pathos. Lucie Manette, his daughter, is a great influence on the Docter. This is significant because some individuals require another figure in order to receive happiness. Extreme isolation can destroy a person physically, emotionally, and mentally. With the help of a motivator, one can find their true self. Lucie Manette is framework in her fathers life that holds his past and present together to achieve vitality.
The first way that overcoming pain leads to strength is shown through Dr. Manette. For instance, in the book, Dickens states that ''for the first time, the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power'' (Dickens 253). This quote indicates that Doctor Manette is no longer weak and fragile, and has converted his sufferance into power. He no longer needs to be looked after and nurtured. This is significant because it is a part of human life to have conflicts and barriers that make it harder to move forward. They are important in an individual's life because they teach people how to deal with issues in a positive way and to turn their struggles into positive behaviours. Also, people learn to use their obstacles as a motivation to become better. This is similar to Dr. Manette being the symbolic rock for Lucie when Charles is in prison. His new enlightened self allows him to support Lucie like she once did for him.
The first example of a character being reborn because they have overcome obstacles is when Doctor Manette feels strong once more after all those years. Doctor Manette has shown perseverance through hard times and “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dicken 253). This quote demonstrates how the suffering he endured shaped him as a person, into a stronger and powerful human being. This is significant because for a person to move on from their misanthropic state of mind they must overcome many obstacles. By conquering the misery they have felt, they are then reborn as a more successful individual. This allows human beings to feel a sense of worth, learning from the pain and using it as an advantage. Doctor Manette is now reborn, stronger than ever because he overcame the challenges he faced.
The first demonstration that a person’s weakness is the driving force of their strength is when Doctor Manette finally helps Lucie after years of feeling like a burden to her. For example in the text it states, “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). The Doctor has demonstrated that his senses his presence in Lucie’s life is a burden. He has thought of his time an experience at the prison as a form of weakness. Now the Doctor realizes that he can use his weakness as power to free her daughter from grief in the foreseeable future. This is significant because human kind often looks at weakness as a hamartia. Humanity does not search for the strength weaknesses surface. This hurts people by making those who feel weak suffer. Looking at one’s flaws in an empowering sense brings out their inner strength. Doctor Manette now looks at his mental state after prison like an experience he can derive strength from.
The first reason why control is achieved by self belief can be seen when Doctor Manette is leading the group. For example, it was stated “for the first time the Doctor felt now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). After Doctor Manette spent eighteen years in prison, his suffering did not end once he finally escaped. It was not until the Doctor felt as though he could repay Lucie for all that she had done, that he ultimately felt a sense of pride. When people can give to someone what they had not been able to give to themselves, a feeling of accomplishment is met, because they have been there and experienced the feelings as helplessness and understand that aiding someone to a better life improves their own. Once Doctor Manette finally believed in himself, he felt it to be his duty to repay Luce for all that she had done for her father.
The first demonstration that Doctor Manette's suffering was needed for him to move on in his life is shown when he finally gets a new job and is bale to take care of his family, Charles Dickens' states "for the first time his suffering was strength and power"(Dickens 253). In this quote, it demonstrates after all the years of being absent Doctor Manette finally is needed by his family. In addition, he comes to accept that all of his suffering and sadness that was his hamartia made him who he is today. This is significant because people believe that suffering is always a factor of life,but overcoming and accepting that it is a needed to shape who a person is. Many people have the issue of living in the past and causing a tragic downfall of many. The real test in life is pushing forward to a new beginning much like Doctor Manette demonstrates through his new life.
The first demonstration that strength can come from one's suffering, can be seen when Dr. Manette was once suffering but has now come back from the darkness, brighter than ever. For example, in A Tale of Two Cities it states that "for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power" (Dickens 253). This quote shows that it is possible for one to grow stronger after they have suffered. People see it happening in everyday of their lives, whether it be a close friend or a total stranger. When people mourn the death of a loved one they suffer from it. Those same people overcome the death which entails strength therefore they have gained more mental strength then they had before. As did Dr. Manette when he states his suffering is now strength and power.
The first example of peoples obligations taking over their decisions is shown when Charles Darnay decides to go back to Paris. For example, in Charles Dickens 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) Charles Darnay is being drawn in to Paris by all of his moral obligations and is not fully assessing the possible dangers of his decision. This is significant because although Moral Obligations are important, people must weigh in the possible dangers of the situation. In this case, the safety of his own life. Charles Darnay does not take into account the danger of him returning to Paris.
The first way that people need to undergo extreme hardships in order to find power can be shown by Doctor Monette’s time in the Bastille. In the text it states that “for the first time the Doctor felt, now, that his suffering was strength and power” (Dickens 253). This quote shows that though his time in prison had originally been considered his hamartia, he has now realized that he can use it to help Charles Darnays life. The doctor has always depended on Lucie to take care of him during his flashback of the Bastille and now that she needs his help, he can finally do so rather than feel helpless. This is significant because in today’s society it seems that suffering is something that is constantly surrounding people. From those struggling with past experiences that they have gone through or are presently having to face them, it can be hard to see any good come out of their situation. However, those who are able to take these experiences and use them to empower themselves, rather than hinder, can use it to help others. Doctor Monette is able to do this by using his imprisonment to help his daughter making his new found power come from the hardship he needed to experience.
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