The Path to Redemption in The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Imagine a pitch black forest, where everyone scatters around trying to find a way out. Few people hold their own spark of light and easily get by, while the majority start out blindfolded and find the luminosity through other ways. Similarly, in The Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, the protagonist, Sidney Carton, starts out without any sense of direction or purpose, but he eventually finds aspiration and meaning to his life. The author uses light to highlight Carton’s journey through his redemption of recalling to life.
In order to show Carton’s hopeless to hopeful transition, Dickens begins the novel by depicting how the Light tries to raise Carton’s self esteem. As illustrated in the novel, after returning home having spent
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As a result, his troubles remain. This leaves Carton feeling lost, worthless and dismissive. The sun rising upon Carton indicates how the light tries to help him get past his compunction and self-contempt. In the beginning of the novel, Dickens reveals Carton’s completely defeated morale by describing how Carton permits his troubles to implode.
Dickens also conveys the idea that Lucie’s light draws Carton closer to redeeming himself. The novel explicitly states while Carton guides Dr. Manette back to the Manettes house, “the courtyard of the house where the afflicted heart—he had revealed his own desolate heart to it—outwatched the awful night. He entered the courtyard …looking up at the light in the window of her room” (Dickens 3.13). This quote shows Carton trying to catch a glimpse of Lucie, who he confessed his love for. In entering the courtyard, Carton divulges that Lucie both mentally and physically lures him. Dickens also describes the light filling Lucie’s room to evince the idea of Lucie figuratively giving off light, or in this case, hope to Carton. Charles Dickens portrays Carton’s love for Lucie as his inspiration to find his own purpose in life. Towards the end of the novel, Dickens shows that light envelopes Carton. To demonstrate, Carton sees the sun rise after a whole night was spent contemplating and wandering the streets, “And looking along them, with reverently shaded eyes, a bridge of light appeared to span the air between him and

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