What Is The Theme Of Sacrifice And Redemption In A Tale Of Two Cities

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Often in life, people will say that every human is a bit of good and a bit of bad. This does not seem true with the all of the characters in the famously acclaimed book A Tale of Two Cities. The author Charles Dickens places the setting of this story right in the middle of the French Revolution in the late 1700s. In this Historical Fiction novel, it take place in the starvation-infested cities of London, England as well as Paris, France.
The novel begins with Jerry Cruncher delivering an urgent note to Jarvis Lorry informing her to wait at Dover for a young woman named Lucie Manette who to inform her that her father is alive. Lucie meets her father who has been driven mad being locked up in the Bastille for the previous 18 years and has become
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A very obvious theme in the novel is the theme of sacrifice and redemption. Sydney Carton at the beginning of the Novel is an alcoholic nobody a when first introduced. By the end of the novel, Dickens transforms him into a strong wilful man who has endowed his life with meaning to save another’s life. Furthermore, the whole purpose and idea of the French Revolution is to improve society and their individual rights. Another theme that Dickens made prevalent in the the novel is revolution and tyranny. The rich and powerful oppressed the poor for so long treating them unfairly. Many of those who were powerful think they can control those lower than them- with this principle: “The dark deference of fear and slavery [...] will keep the dogs obedient to the whip” (Dickens 112). They are failing to realize that those who are oppressed could be only pushed so far until they break and they know they must fight back. In the end, there will be a fight by those who face tyranny to enforce a change better suited for them.
A Tale of Two Cities places the reader right in the midst of the French Revolution, a time full of tyranny and maltreatment. As the plot all ties together near the end of the novel, Dickens weaves together a gripping tale that shows both an ugly and a redeeming side to the

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