Themes In Fate, History And Sacrifice?

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During the book The Tale of Two Cities , Charles Dickens presented us with many themes throughout the novel. I decided to incorporate the central themes Fate, History and Sacrifice, because those select themes stood out the most to me during this novel. I chose sacrifice as a theme due to the fact that Dickens presented it to us as a necessity to achieve happiness. During the novel the revolutionaries prove that a new french republic can come about with only a heavy and terrible cost and emotion that Madame Defarge’s opinion only masks her husband's obligation to the revolutionary cause. Personal loves and loyalties must be sacrificed in order to achieve happiness. I also chose to express Fate and History as a theme as well, this historical …show more content…
From the first paragraph, Dickens begins developing the theme of Fate and History. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”(p.1) This is an inkling at rigidity between family and love, and hatred and suppression. The quote also proposed that good and evil, light and darkness, and wisdom and folly stand as equals in the struggle they poses. These pairs also commence one of the novels most prominent pairs such as, paris and london, Sydney carton and Charles Darnay, Miss Pross and Madame Defarge, and Lucie and Madame …show more content…
A major event that exampled sacrifice in the novel is when Sydney Carton gives up his life the let Charles Darnay be able to continue with life with his wife. “ I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through the long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out… I see that child who lay upon her bosom and who bore my name, a man winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his… It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest I go than I have ever know.”(p.292-293) In this last chapter of the book it speaks of two prophecies, one on a more national level, and one on a personal level. In the prophecy that Paris will become “ a beautiful city” and that Sydney Carton’s name will be “ made illustrious,” this gives us the evidence that of Dickens faith in the essential goodness of humankind. The very last thoughts surrounding Sydney is to register the faith as a calming and soothing

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