A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

2142 Words May 29th, 2015 9 Pages
A person’s class status in today’s world is based on what one owns and how society views an individual; nothing else really matters. Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities exemplifies the importance of social status through the way society views and treats its characters. Lucie Manette, from England, is the “golden thread” who everyone adores, especially a man named Sydney Carton, who is known as a failure who drinks all the time. He has a look-alike named Charles Darnay, who is part of the aristocracy in France, marries Lucie and later has to go on multiple trials for a number of different reasons. He is found not guilty in each trial until his last trial, where he is proven guilty of being an aristocrat, causing harm to an innocent man and sentenced to die in the next twenty-four hours. Hearing this, Lucie panics and starts to imagine life without Charles, which harms her health. Therefore, Sydney Dalton, who looks identical to Charles and loves Lucie more than life itself, decides to change places with Charles in Charles’ jail cell by drugging Charles and making him unconscious so he cannot have a say in what happens. Carton faces the guillotine next day by is beheaded because he is supposed to be Charles but no one knew that until the switch was done and at this point, there was no going back. All of this is what led to the making of the French Revolution because the aristocracy was falling and the lower class was rising. Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities offers a critique…

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