Death And Resurrection In A Tale Of Two Cities

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Do you believe in an afterlife or being resurrected? In A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, the setting takes place in both Paris and London in the years of 1775-1792. In that time frame, the french revolution developed. Paris was the center of the revolution; while London was a peaceful city. One of the themes of Dickens’ novel is death and resurrection. Such as characters; Dr.Manette, Charles Darnay, and Sydney Carton. The first Character, Dr.Manette, is a physician and a former prisoner of the Bastille. He was brought to his “death” when he was put in prison for 18 years. In the beginning of the novel, we see Lucie, Dr.Manette’s daughter, resurrect him from the prison. At first, Lucie thought her father was dead but once she saw him in person, she took immediate care of him. Lucie states, “My father was so reduced, that I was afraid to take him out of the air, and I had made a bed for…show more content…
Once Darnay enters Paris, he was detained as an emigrant and thrown into prison. The “death” of Darnay is his time in prison for 15 months in La Force. After 15 months, Darnay has his first trial but is found guilty and is sentenced to execution. As claimed by Carton, “ Do I ask you, my dear Darnay to pass the door (Dickens 355)?” In other words, Darnay is resurrected by Carton after they secretly switched spots before he is executed. The third character, Sydney Carton, as stated before, is put to death to save Darnay’s life. Carton states, “I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his (Dickens 380).” Carton is insisting that he is ready for his resurrection in the afterlife and can see the future of others like the Manettes. To conclude, the most important theme of the novel are the death and resurrection of many characters. Dr. Manette and Darnay display the resurrection by others and Carton represents the resurrection by one’s

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