Dr Manette Character Analysis Essay

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In 1757, Doctor Alexandre Manette is a fine, upstanding doctor with a thriving practice and a loving wife and daughter. At the start of the novel, Manette, a loving father of Lucie and a brilliant physician, from which he studied in 1757. And while living the good life, one traumatic week later, he’s a prisoner in La Bastille. Eighteen years later, he’s a broken man. During prison, Manette did nothing but make shoes a hobby that he adopted to distract himself from the tortures of prison. Left to rot in solitude as "Prisoner 105, North Tower," Doctor Manette soon forgets everything that he once was. Doctor Alexandre Manette really impressed me because he was a brilliant physician, who cared for his family. At the start of the novel, Manette does nothing but make shoes "None. My mind is a blank, from some time...when I employed myself, in my captivity, in making shoes” (Dickens Chapter 3), a pastime that he adopted to distract himself from the tortures of prison. He stayed at the La Bastille for 18 years. He is clearly not in his right mind during this…show more content…
The Doctor's ability to forgive brings him happiness in his daughter's marriage and children. However, his past demand for revenge has the power to destroy his life and the lives of his family. With time passing on more and more, Alexandre learned to control his revenge and anger, and by this made everybody think of him as a wise and forgiving person. Additionally, as people continued to say that Doctor Manette having revenge on Charles Darnay's father would lead to the Doctor to a state of dementia, forgiveness raises him to a level of intellectual vigor and emotional happiness. In showing these characteristics and aspects, Doctor Manette shows and emphasizes the concepts and attitude of his character to show that, the destructive power of revenge and the healing power of
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