A Tale Of Two Cities Characters

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A Tale Of Two Cities

Archetypal Characters: Characters are presented from the start of the novel as good or
evil. There are no characters that the reader see as good and turn out to be evil at the
end or vica versa. Their goodness or evilness is clearly shown from the beginning.


A Tale of Two Cities takes place in England and France, during the time of the French
Revolution. A Tale of Two Cities is a classic novel, where Charles Dickens presents to the
reader archetypal main characters. From the beginning of the novel, the reader can know
whether the characters are evil or not. In the novel, the main character, Sydney Carton,
also contributes a lot to the theme of the novel-every individual should have both moral
and physical courage, and should be able to sacrifice everything in the name of love.

Sydney Carton has been presented as the worthless human being. He was always drunk. He did
not acquire any high social position. He was always alone and lonely. Nobody loved him and
nobody respected him. "I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me" said
Carton (page 99). However, Sydney Carton did never cause any harm to anybody, but actually
helped the people around him. Sydney Carton was physically identical to Charles Darnay.
When Darnay was being prosecuted for treason against the English government, Carton
allowed Mr. Stryver (the lawyer Carton worked for) to reveal him "Look well upon that
gentleman, my learned friend there, and then look well upon the prisoner. How say you? Are
they very like each other?" said Stryver (page 86). "My lord inquired of Mr. Stryver,
whether they were next to try Mr. Carton for treason? But Mr. Stryver replied no" (Page
86). The court then released Darnay. This was one of the ways Sydney Carton presented
assistance to others, and that shows that he is a good person who does not mind helping
other people. After the trial Carton and Darnay met with each other, and they had a talk.
Mr. Carton had told Darnay that he hated him because Lucy loved him. Couple of months
after this incident, Mr. Carton asked to meet with Mr. Darnay. Carton asked Darnay to
forgive him for the previous incident and also asked him to be his friend. "Mr. Darnay, I
wish we might be friends" said Carton (page 251) "On the drunken occasion in question, I
was insufferable about liking you and not liking you, I wish you would forget it" said
Carton (page 252). This also proves that deep down in Carton's heart, he carried to hatred
but love for people, since he practically apologized to Darnay. Couple of Years after, the
French Revolution had started. Charles Darnay was arrested. He was to be executed because
he was an Evremonde. Sydney Carton made his arrangements and decided to die instead of
him. Carton did that because he loved Lucy Manette (Darnay's wife) very much and he wanted
her to remain happy all her life. Indeed Sydney Carton was a drunk looser. However, he
helped a lot of souls around him. He saved people's lives and he made other people's lives

Dr. Alexander Manette was a prisoner in the Bastille for eighteen years. He was an
innocent man; however, he was captured and put in prison by the brothers D'Evremonde. Dr.
Manette helped a lot of people throughout his life; he sometimes sacrificed his own
happiness for his beloved daughter, Lucy. Before Dr. Manette was sent to prison, he had
done his best to help Madam Defarge's family. Her family was captured by the Evremonde and
were abused then killed. However, she escaped. Dr. Manette tried to offer them help to the
fullest extent. He never turned his back on them, whenever they needed him he was always
there. A while after that Dr. Manette was put in prison. During this period, he wrote a
journal denouncing the brothers Evremonde and all their descendants. Charles Darnay was an
Evremonde. Charles Darnay told Dr. Manette that he loved Lucy and she loved him. He also
told him about his real name. He did not want to keep any secrets from him. When Dr.
Manette learned about his real identity, he did not forbid him from marrying his daughter,
even though he denounced the Evremonde. He did not forbid him because he cared about
Lucy's happiness. He wanted her to live happily with the person she loved. "Any fancies,
any reasons, any apprehensions, anything whatsoever, new or old, against the man she
really loved-the direct responsibilities thereof not lying on his hand-they should all be
obliterated for her sake-she is everything to me more to me than suffering" said Dr.
Manette (page 163). This also proves that Dr. Manette was a very unselfish man, and that
he cared about other people's happiness even more than his own. When Charles Darnay was in
prison during the French Revolution, Dr. Manette stood beside him all the time. He did his
best to get him out of prison. He defended him all the way. When Mr. Defarge (the leader
of the French Revolution and Dr. Manette's former servant) revealed Dr. Manette's old
journal that he wrote when he was still in prison denouncing the Evremonde, Charles Darnay
had to be taken to the prison again. At that time, Dr. Manette went through the worst
psychological state. He felt that he betrayed Lucy and Darnay. Although nobody blamed him,
he blamed himself. Those events prove that Dr. Manette was a kind and warm person. He did
nothing to harm anyone, at least not intentionally. He always tried to help everyone.

Charles Darnay denied his real identity to everyone around him. His real name was
D'Evremonde, the name that brought shame to him. He was born of a French father and an
English mother. Darnay was his mother's name. Unlike his dad and uncle, he was a very kind
man. Darnay left France and went to England, so he could work and earn money, and leave
his dad's family. He left France so he could leave his identity that bought affliction and
pain to him. When Sydney Carton told Darnay that he hated him, Darnay never hurt him and
he did not posses any hatred towards him. When Sydney asked him later to be his friend,
Darnay told him that they were already friends. This proves that Darnay had no hatred but
love inside his heart. "We were already friends, I hope" said Darnay (page 251) "You are
good enough to say so" said Carton to Darnay (page 251). Before Charles Darnay reveals his
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