A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens Essay

794 Words Jan 20th, 2016 4 Pages
The future is filled with unpredictable possibilities. People can attempt to guide their fates in a certain direction, but there is no way to know what the future holds. This is why many unfortunate people hold onto past events. They are afraid of the unknown. They cling to their pasts rather than chance at the future--no matter how devastating their past may have been. This is ruinous to people when they do it, and it is difficult to escape from this trap. However, some people are able to take charge, reclaim their lives, and forge a new path away from their past. They are called to live a new life. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens illustrates the theme of resurrection through the actions his characters and uses it to enhance the novel. The first character that personifies this theme is Dr. Manette. When Manette is first released from his 18 year prison sentence, he is broken. He cannot remember his own name and spends all of his time cobbling shoes together to cope with for his suffering (Dickens 56, 51). His life is in so much ruin that he may as well be dead. However, a change passes over him once he meets his daughter Lucie, and he is able to regain his identity (Dickens 57). She has revived Dr. Manette’s shattered personality by reminding him of his days before his imprisonment, and by doing so has made him a whole person again.
Later in the novel, Dr. Manette returns to France to aid Charles Darnay when Darnay is imprisoned, and Manette uses his influence…

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