Character Development In A Tale Of Two Cities

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As humans people naturally become more independent with their lives. Growing up, people move away from their parents, and any bonds that once sustained from the past slowly diminishes. However, the past does affect ones future, and some attachments are so deeply woven inside the fibers of beings that moving on seems nearly impossible. In the novel A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens, Dicken uses Doctor Alexandre Manette inconsistent character development to suggest that self realization is the only way to overcome a crisis, which express that all people should rely on themselves rather than search for others in order to achieve recovery.
In the beginning of the book, Dr. Manette is first introduced to readers as a sad withered man
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Manette fought to fight for the life of Charles Darnay, he fought back his past and helped save his enemies from being killed in the French Revolution. When Dr. Manette stopped the wild rally against Charles Darnay, he was proud of himself and came face to face with is problems by himself: “I have saved him.” It was not another of the dreams in which he had often come back; he was really here” (3.7.355). Charles Dickens shows Dr. Manette as eye-opened as he thought it was “dream” that he saved his daughters husband. Dr. Manette without the help of others, saved Charles Darnay. The drive to help Charles Darnay came from his love of Lucie. Dr. Manette is very proud of himself as he restored Lucie’s life as well as restoring his. At the end of the novel, the lovesick Sydney Carton sacrifice himself to also save Lucie Manette. Sydney Carton looks almost physically identical to Charles Darnay. Sydney Carton helps Lucie by disguising himself as Charles Darnay to the angry crowd, to help the family escape France. When Sydney Carton was about to be guillotined, he envisioned Dr. Manette’s life ahead of him: “‘See her father, aged and bent, but otherwise restored, and faithful to all men in his healing office, and at peace’” (3.15.462). Dickens doesn’t gloss over Doctor Manette’s struggles. He also does not allow those struggles to stand in the way of a man of conscience, the readers can see how Dr. Manette has finally faced his own problems by himself. Sydney Carton’s vision of Dr. Manette shows how he is now restored. Although, Dickens describes Dr. Manette as “aged and bent” still by confronting his fear of the past, Dr. Manette was able to live his life in “peace”.With the help of Lucie Manette, Dr. Manett has come to realize that the only person who would be able to recall him, was
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