A Tale Of Two Cities Essay

1081 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout the novel A Tale of Two Cities, multiple characters showed strong morals, thoughts and feelings about the French revolution; among these characters are Madame Defarge, Charles Darnay, Marquis Evermonde, etc. However, two characters would be considered to be more ambivalent: Monsieur Defarge and Sydney Carton. Monsieur Defarge, who is quickly judged to be a strong supporter of the revolution, contradicts himself by playing an idle role and being loyal as his wife does the dirty work. Similarly, Sydney Carton starts off by being a useless partner to Stryver, but in the end sacrifices his happiness for the happiness among Lucie, Little Lucie, and Darnay.
Following the development of the many important round characters, Monsieur Defarge is introduced. The wine shop marks the beginning of the judgment of Monsieur Defarge’s outlook on the revolution. The fact that he owns a wine shop in which the revolutionaries can safely meet immediately sets Monsieur Defarge off on a bad note; “He was a dark man altogether, with good eyes and a good bold breadth between them. Good-humoured looking on the whole, but implacable-looking, too; evidently a man of a strong resolution and a set purpose; a man not desirable to be met, rushing down a narrow pass with a gulf on either side, for nothing would turn the man.” (Dickens 39) The role that Monsieur Defarge plays at the beginning of the novel serves as a contrast to his wife, Madame Defarge. The purpose of Monsieur Defarge’s…

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