Theme Of Recalled To Life

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“Recalled to life” are the words from the character of Mr. Lorry in Charles Dickens’ a Tale of Two Cities when he reads the message brought to him by Jerry, the messenger of the bank where Mr. Lorry is employed. Many critics have said the book is mainly about sacrificial love, but forget that the book is also about new beginnings and chances. The book is filled with struggles the characters must face in order to achieve their overall goal. The phrase “recalled to life” becomes a distinctive motif throughout the novel. It is demonstrated through the lives of the characters because Dickens gives each of the characters a new meaning or a second chance in their lives by fighting for something they believe in. To begin with, Dicken’s style “to …show more content…
The character of Sydney Carton is a prime example because he is given a new meaning that makes him go from a static character to a dynamic character. In the beginning of the novel, Carton is a lifeless alcoholic who despises his life because he finds it worthless. He lets Stryver take credit for all the cases without any recognition and continues to compare his miserable life to others. He believes that he cares for no one and no one cares for him until, he meets Lucy. Carton instantly gets smitten by Lucy and makes the ultimate sacrifice for her. He is willing to give his life to save Darnay. He advances from his passive ways and becomes more determined, driven, and alert. He forms a brilliant strategy that will free Darnay but also changes Carton as a person. As he does the preparation for his plan, he stops drinking, becomes more driven, and finds a meaning for his life. It is shown when he says,” It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known” (Dickens 293). He means by saying that so far in his life, he’s never quite done anything that meant anything to him. But by sacrificing himself, it will the greatest thing he’s ever done in for himself and for his loved …show more content…
Dr.Manette had been imprisoned in the Bastille for eighteen years and had lost any hope for him returning to his former self. For a while, all he would do is repeat the address of the Bastille, get memorized by his shoemaking bench and return to shoemaking. Manette had been apart from his daughter ever since she was a baby. He was imprisoned unfairly by Darnay’s father and uncle because he was going to reveal their sin. Basically, he was sent to prison without having done anything wrong and he was giving a second chance to be recalled back to life and make up for all the lost time between him and his daughter. It was horrifying for Dr.Manette to return through his old ways, but with the love of his daughter Lucy, he was slowly able to return back to his sanity. The next example of new meanings in the novel, is with Charles Darnay. Darnay growing up was wealthy due to his family of well-known nobles. Darnay was the next in line to inherit the status of being the Monseigneur, but “flees from the grand inheritance which he proudly affirms is built on the dark deference of fear and slavery” (Wilt). Dickens’ gives Darnay a new meaning to life when he rejects his title because of cruelty that went along with it and goes back to France to give back the wealth to the lower

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