Redemption And Resurrection In A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

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Many characters in novels are metaphorically, physically, or emotionally brought back to life to portray the author’s main point of redemption and resurrection. In A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, almost every character experienced or had a role in the resurrection of another. To truly undergo resurrection, one is required to have died, and then rise from the dead. In the Dickens novel, a few characters experienced true resurrection, however, the idea of figurative resurrection within individuals is exemplified even more in the plot. Dickens uses this concept of resurrection to elaborate on his main idea that everyone could experience redemption and recovery if they deserved it. In the beginning of the novel, the notion of resurrection …show more content…
Dr. Manette, a mysterious man with an intense past, is able to be resurrected back into society when his daughter, Lucie, discovers that he is alive. When the Doctor and his daughter were reunited, Lucie Manette was “trembling with eagerness to lay the spectral face upon her warm young breast, and love it back to life and hope…” (Dickens 41). This presence of a revival of hope and faith demonstrated Doctor Manette’s resurrection to the real world again, after being locked up for years. However, although the “spectral face” was extremely prevalent at this point, it soon faded. Later in the novel, after Lucie is married to Charles Darnay, and Darnay reveals his true identity to Dr. Manette, he relapses back into his uncontrollable methods, and is resurrected again, brought back into the depths of his attitudes that represented his prison life. Doctor Manette undergoes a great deterioration, and his old fears are resurrected back to his present character. Many characters in A Tale of Two Cities were emotionally resurrected into states of happiness, shock, and even hysteria. Dickens’ use of mental redemption portrays the main idea that everyone has an opportunity to experience any type of

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