Another way that resurrection occurs in unlikely places is shown when Charles Darnay is unexpectedly acquitted at his trial. For example, in A Tale of Two Cities, it states that " 'oh! they'll find him guilty,' said the other. 'Don't you worry about that' " (Dickens 54). This quote signifies that the general opinion was that Darnay would be condemned to death, so it was unforeseen that he would be given another chance at life. This is significant because this proves how humans have the ability to create new beginnings from hopeless situations. This ability is caused by the need to grow and learn from negative experiences, so that similar situations can be better handled or avoided in the future. This is how life experience influences a person's emotions and decisions. This self-preservation instinct is similar to the bond between parents and children because both have the purpose of continuing the human race.
Another way which characters in the novel demonstrate that only love will drive them to take specific actions is shown through Sydney Carton's vow to die for Lucie. For example, when Carton talks to Lucie, he states "when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you." (Dickens 140). This quote shows that Carton is willing sacrifice himself in order to keep someone who Lucie loves alive, even though Carton is a man who cares for nobody else but himself. Carton would never make such a vow to anybody if there was not some other force acting behind it, and in this case, it is his love for Lucie which drives him to make such a vow. Carton shows that love can drive any person to take actions and make commitments outside of their own personal boundaries. An effective way which people show love for somebody is by doing something which they would normally never do for anybody else. By biological instinct, people would never consider endangering their own lives. However, when a person loves another truly and profoundly, their love for the other person will allow them to even overcome their fear of death, and take actions which instinct would not normally allow. In this case, Carton's love for Lucie pushes him to go beyond what he would do for another person to the point where death is not an obstacle in order to show his love for Lucie.
Another reason overcoming obstacles leads to eternal happiness is shown through Lucie Manette when her father remembers who she is and leaves his depressed and dreary state behind. For example when Lucie and her father have their first encounter, it states "with the tears streaming down her face, she put her two hands to her lips and kissed them to him; then clasped them on her breast, as if she laid his ruined head there"(Dickens 39). As Doctor Manette leaves his darkened life and enters a new light filled one, Lucie then becomes so overwhelmed with happiness that she does not know how to express it. As humankind leaves their days of darkness behind and enters more fruitful days, they are able to overcome certain obstacles in life, and obtain a level of happiness unknown to others by their standards.
Another demonstration that positive relationships improve the well being of others. For example, when Sydney Carton comes to visit the Darnay's, it states that he comes "half-dozen times a year, at most, he claimed his privilege of coming in uninvited, and would sit among them through the evening, as he had once done often. He never came there heated with wine." (Dickens 195). This quote shows that the company of the Darnays has impacted him. There kindness towards him and the friendship they have created, has gotten Sydney to behave differently. Sydney then demonstrates kindness towards others and begins to act in a positive manner because of the hospitality shown by the Darnays. Equivalent to Dr. Manette's relationship with Lucie and how he discovered a positive relationship that impacted his life and let him out of darkness. This is significant because in a world with so much darkness, it is essential to have relationships that will create a positive outlook. Without these relationships the world would be an unbearable place.
Another demonstration that one’s strengths are derived from one’s past struggles is shown through Doctor Manette. For example, 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 demonstrates how Doctor Manette develops from his difficult memories, into a strong and powerful man. Doctor Manette greatly suffered in prison for eighteen years and continues to have occasional relapses of his appalling memories, but he now learns to use his sufferings in order to become powerful over the revolutionaries. It is through his determination, new strengths and open mind that helps him keep Charles Darnay from being executed. This is significant because despite one’s dreadful experiences, one can learn to become a stronger person from these struggles in order to make a more content life for them and the rest of humankind. With new strengths, humans can look upon life as a new beginning, with hope instead of despair, and therefore, enjoy what life has to come. The human condition of suffering is regarded as depressing, but in A Tale of two Cities, the suffering develops into happiness. This is demonstrated by both Lucie, bringing her father back to life and the Doctor’s perseverance despite all of the misanthropy around him.
Another way that a person becomes inspired to amend their previous faults by their recent revival is shown through Sydney Carton. For instance, in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, on the occasions that Carton visited Lucie Manette and her family "he never came there heated with wine" (Dickens 195). Prior to this, Sydney Carton was frequently seen miserably drunk in public. This drastic improvement on Carton's sobriety arose when he was recalled to life by Lucie and the hopefulness that she brought him. This is significant because humans use spiritual renewal as a source for achieving success. They become driven by the recent acquisition of energy and view life in an entirely different way. These behavioural changes result because humans have the desire to accomplish and right that which they did not in their previous life. Similarly to how Doctor Manette yearns to rekindle his relationship with his newfound daughter, his resurrection, along with Sydney Carton's, creates a motivational push and instills a certain fortitude within both of them.
Another way resurrection occurs to those who need it most this is shown through Sydney Carton state prior to his rebirth. For example in Dicken’s A tale of Two Cities, Sydney Carton says “I care for no man on earth, and no man cares for me”(Dickens 76). This quote shows that Carton had given up, and that he is fine with the idea of no one caring for him, painting him as a sad and lonely man prior to his rebirth. All humans have high and low points during their time on Earth, and it is often the biggest changes for good happen right when life seems it’s bleakest . Carton’s needed rebirth much like Dr.Manette’s rebirth which occurred after being in prison for eighteen years. ┻━┻ ヘ╰( •̀ε•́ ╰)
Another way that characters demonstrate that recalling others to life will always lead to the burying of oneself alive is shown through Charles Darnay. For example, in the text it states, “ the universal watchfulness so encompassed him, that if he had been taken in a net or were being forwarded to his destination in a cage, he could not have felt his freedom more completely gone” (Dickens 168). Darnay feels guilty for causing Gabelle’s imprisonment that he goes to Paris to try and recall him but by being the Marquis, he puts himself in a inauspicious position with the revolutionaries. Now, he is thrown into jail with a not so promising future for both him and his family. This is significant because it is in human nature to feel compassion and sympathy for others but there is a great disparity between helping others before putting oneself’s life at risk. By trying to save or help others, one becomes too vulnerable and will always be put in harms way. Similarly, as Charles Darnay feels solicitude for Gabelle, he becomes susceptible to the revolutionaries, therefore, burning himself alive.
Another demonstration that one human must suffer for another t discover happiness is shown through Dr.Manette and Lucie's relationship. For example, in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities it states that "only ask yourself how could my happiness be perfect, while yours was incomplete?"(Dickens 173) On the night before Lucie's wedding she asks her father if he is okay with the union and he sates that he could not be happy if she was not happy. Dr.Manette is clearly suffering silently and not telling his daughter. This is significant because humankind is constantly forfeiting their happiness for others being people or objects. This is a fatal flaw to some humans having the need to constantly please others and make them happy and they silently suffer for a long period of time. One human must suffer so that another can live in happiness, happiness is coveted by most but never reached by some. Dr.Manette's need for Lucie to find happiness will be his downfall.
Another demonstration that highlights the ignorance of the privilege being caused by their formative years is when Charles believes he can travel back to Paris and help. For example, in the text, Darnay states that “one cannot help thinking, having had some sympathy for the miserable people, and having abandoned something to them that one might be listened to, and might have the power to persuade to some restraint” (Dickens 219). In this quote Darnay believes that he can go back to Paris, without any trouble, and stop the citizens from killing the privilege. He does not understand that if he were to go to Paris the poor would kill him too. He is blind to the fact that his family allowed these people to suffer for so long and that they will stop at nothing. This is significant because in society individuals that are above the poor are isolated and cannot see the suffering the poor injure. The way the wealthy are brought up allows them to believe everyone lives a bright and happy life. This is similar to when the marquis ran over the child and was more concerned for his horses
Another way that the decisions one makes are a result of their upbringing is shown through the way in which Charles Darnay handled his family’s affairs. For example, Dickens states that “he knew very well, that in his horror of the deed which had culminated the bad deeds and bad reputation of the old family house, in his resentful suspicions of his uncle, and the aversion with which his conscience regarded the crumbling fabric that he was supposed to uphold, he had acted imperfectly” (Dickens 224). This quote shows that Darnay did not make very good decisions when dealing with his family’s estate. This is a result of his wealthy upbringing as a Marquis so he could not comprehend the problems of the third estate and the problems that his decisions could cause. This is significant because like Darnay, much of humanity is blinded by their upbringing and make decisions based on the way that they grew up. These sorts of decisions are uninformed because they do not consider current circumstances and instead focus on information from the past. Similarly to decisions made through anger like those of Defarges, these decisions lead to an undesirable result, for example forcing Darnay to return to Paris.
Another example that conquering hardships prompts lasting joy is shown through Dr. Manette overcoming his suffering from his time in prison. For example, in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, it states "' Buried how long?' 'Almost eighteen years.' 'I hope you care to live? "I can't say.' (Dickens 12). This quote illustrates that after being imprisoned for almost 18 years, Dr. Manette has given up his desire to live. Nevertheless, he conquers that disinterest, becoming joyous and happy with his life. This is significant because it represents humanity's constant desire to persevere through hard and troublesome times, no matter the case. When humans are put to the test, the objective is to be triumphant and over come the boundaries set. This demonstrates that society forces itself to be victorious because humans as a whole must win in order to be prosperous. Therefore by conquering certain hardships, perpetual satisfaction is attained.
Another way that self-sacrifice causes the success of others is shown through Sydney Carton. For instance, in chapter five of Book the Second, Carton states ''even then, I did exercises for other boys, and selmon did my own.'' (Dickens 80). This quotes demonstrates that even at a young age, Carton never felt the need to acquire success after helping others. He is the mastermind behind Stryver's prosperity yet he lives a life. Sydney dedicates a great amount of time and effort to maintain Stryver's reputation as a remarkable attorney but lacks the same devotion in his own life. This is significant because human beings feel the need to put others before themselves. This causes major issues because it causes the neglect of their own wants and needs, which leads to the lack of motivation and determination within an individual. Although, many people feel internal satisfaction through these sacrifices, they cause Sydney Carton's miserable existence.
Another expression that the Citizens of France are depicted as loving people is the storming of the Bastille. For example, in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, it states "People who could lay hold of nothing else, set themselves with bleeding hands to force stones and bricks out of their places in walls" (Dickens 198). This quote demonstrates the earnest behaviour to tear down the Bastille in which expresses dark emotions the Bastille holds of the Citizens of France. The Bastille is a beacon of darkness, that radiates over the Citizens of France, clouding their love for one another. The same love that brings them together, to be united, and fight their oppressive dystopia. The Citizens of France are depicted as loving people through their acts of love shown through the tearing of the Bastille.
Another demonstration that someone must make a sacrifice for another to find happiness is shown through Mr.Stryver’s success at work. For example, in A Tale of Two Cities it states that “both resorted to the drinking table…; the lion for the most part reclining with his hands in his waistband, looking at the fire, or occasionally flirting with some lighter document; the jackal, with knitted brows and intent face, so deep in his task” (Dickens 79). This quote demonstrates that Sydney Carton, the jackal, does all of the hard work while Mr.Stryver relaxes and in the end, Mr.Stryver gets the credit for their performance. Sydney Carton is sacrificing his time and effort in order for Mr.Stryver to maintain a prosperous reputation. This is significant because it outlines the requirement for sacrifice in a society. When humans are selfless, they can largely benefit the life of another person. Similar to when Lucie’s forfeit benefits her father, when Sydney Carton gives up this aspect of his life, he is contributing to Mr.Stryver’s happiness.
Another demonstration that sacrifice allows a person to find happiness can be seen when Sydney Carton suggests he is willing to give up his life for Lucie Manette. For example, in A Tale Of Two Cities, Sydney Carton tells Lucie, “for you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. If my career were of that better kind that there was any opportunity or capacity of sacrifice in it, I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you. Try to hold me in your mind, at some quiet times, as ardent and sincere in this one thing. The time will come, the time will not be long in coming, when new ties will be formed about you […] O Miss Manette, […] when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet, think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you!” (Dickens 140). Sydney Carton demonstrates that he is willing to sacrifice everything for Lucie Manette and those who she loves. Sydney demonstrates that he is willing to give Lucie her happiness even if that means he will end up sad himself. He is professing to Lucie that no matter what he needs to do to keep love by her side he will do it. This demonstrates the sacrifices Sydney is willing to make. This is significant because it shows that loving a person profusely and wanting to give them happiness comes with sacrifices. It shows that nothing in life is free of cost, not even happiness. One must make a sacrifice so they can create happiness for themselves and those around them.
Another demonstration that people’s lives can be changed by a single person is shown through Lucie Manette. For example in Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities Carton states that "The utmost good that I am capable of now, Miss Manette, I have come here to realise. Let me carry through the rest of my misdirected life, the remembrance that I opened my heart to you, last of all the world; and that there was something left in me at this time which you could deplore and pity.’ This quote shows that Lucie is an approachable character that everyone is drawn to. Carton finds hope and joy in the fact that he was able to open up to Lucie and tell her how he felt although he knows that he is not worthy of her. This is significant because in the world around us emotions are constantly being withheld leading to aggressive behaviour, depression and other problems. A single person can change anyone’s life just by showing them that they care and being there for them. The way Lucie is there for Carton and everyone else demonstrates that people’s lives can be changed by a single person.
Another way that people find strength in numbers during the revolution is shown through Mme Defarge. For example, in the text it states that, “it doesn’t take a long time for an earthquake to swallow a town” (Dickens 164). This quote shows that Mme. Defarge understands that the only way the lower class can start a revolution is if they work together as one unit. This is significant because throughout history humans have had the instinct to do whatever needs to be done for their own survival instead of thinking of others in the same situation. However working with those who have a similar cause achieves better results than working alone. Mme Defarge as well M. Defarge are aware of this fact and it is solely for this reason that the French revolution was a success.
Another demonstration that shows humans require a higher authoritative figure in order to maintain discipline is shown through the courts of the newly founded french republic. For example, in the novel it states that the court judges: "the lowest, cruelest, and worst populace of a city, never without its quantities of low, cruel, and bad, were the directing spirits of the scene: noisily, commenting, applauding, disapproving, anticipating and precipitating the result, without a check" (Dickens 263). This quotes states that without the overseeing of a true justice system authority, the courts throughout France have fallen into disparity. The justice system is a symbol of a civilizations protection, and control over its people. The lack of authoritative figures leaves the french revolutionaries without consequences for their mistreatment of all who oppose the revolution. Humans will instinctively misinterpret social morals because morals have been taught through authoritative figures to maintain social justice. Without the guidance of authorities, the courts of the french republic are left to enforce their rhadamanthine rulings onto whom ever they wish resulting in the macabre killing of men, women, and children.
Another demonstration that rebirth is only complete when all the connections to ones former suffering are separated is when Charles Darnay denounces his family in France, but still keeps Gabelle to maintain the very property he turned away from. For example, Charles receives the letter from Gabelle it states, "This favored the desperate resolution Charles Darnay had begun to make, that he would go to Paris" (Dickens 225). This shows that, although Charles Darnay escaped his life as a Marquis, he is drawn back to his suffering because he did not completely detach himself from that part of his life. This is significant because, as a human race, people cannot ever truly depart from their past because they fail to sever themselves entirely from it and free themselves.
Another way that concrete friendships refine the well being of others can be seen when Sydney Carton went to the Darnay household. For example, the text states " the echoes rarely answered to the actual tread of Sydney Carton. Some half-dozen times a year, at most, he claimed his privilege of coming in uninvited, and would sit among them through the evening" (Dickens 195). This quote demonstrates that the Darnay's have welcomed Sydney into their home and by doing so have changed him. Sydney has now found new behaviour that he did not exhibit before the affection from the Darnay's. This is significant because everyone needs a solid relationship to be able to pull them up from the ground if they are in a tough spot in life. Human kind would not survive without the compassion of these relationships.
Another 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.
Another example that shows good people always suffer for the ones they love is shown when Lucie Manette disregards her own desires in hope it would cure her fathers insanity. For example Charles Dickens states “ I am going to see his ghost! It will be his ghost-not him!” (Dickens 85) Lucie's horror in this quote shows she is suffering while taking care of her father. This is significant because Lucie Manette loves her father enough to go through her own personal suffering as she hopes it will benefit her father. Especially in today's world, the good people will always disregard their own needs if it will benefit the ones they love.
Another reason that love triumphs over hate is shown through Carton's willingness to switch lives with Darnay for Lucie. For example, in A Tale of Two Cities it Sydney Carton states "I would embrace any sacrifice for you and those dear to you" (140). Sydney Carton decides to switch places with Charles Darnay without hesitation because he promised Lucie that he would give her anything to make her happy, and Lucie was happiest with Darnay and their daughter. When faced with love and hate, love can be undying and unconditional but hate cannot be so strong as to last forever. When people are in complete love with another nothing can break that connection. A person can die but the feelings that were there will not. Sydney Carton gave up his life, in order to save the illuminating light inside of Lucie Manette.
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