A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

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Throughout the novel of A Tale of Two Cities, readers can clearly see many themes woven and intertwined throughout the novel to unify and complete it. The author, Charles Dickens, usually hid messages about humanity in his novels and used this specific storyline to showcase his belief in the possibility of resurrection, regeneration, and revival on an individual and societal level in the darkest of times. For example, in his darkest times, Sydney Carton would often recite, “I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die (Dickens 244).” By using the characters of Dr. Manette, Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton, and several other minor characters, Dickens is able to masterfully develop the prominent theme of resurrection and rebirth in A Tale of Two Cities. Alexander Manette proves to be a spectacular example of resurrection and is the first character to go through one. Described as a “hopeless and lost creature”, Dr. Manette is clearly damaged from spending eighteen years in prison, but is able to miraculously recover (29). Lucie Manette helped in this recovery tremendously, as her constant love and devotion helped give Dr. Manette purpose again. Through the extraordinary circumstances of his resurrection, it is showed how hope for renewal can never be lost, even after eighteen years. When Dr. Manette was “recalled to life”, it shows the first hint of…

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