Tale Of Two Cities Character Analysis

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Who Run the World? Girls!: The Role of Women in A Tale of Two Cities Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag- you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens’ historical fiction novel taking place during the French Revolution, women play important and powerful roles. Throughout the novel, female characters are used to comfort and inspire other characters to make changes in their lives, help Dickens expand the messages he wishes to tell in this story, and show the differences between the poor and rich of French society. Without the female characters, this book would not have the impact it does on readers. To begin with, Dickens uses female characters to comfort the characters during times of hardship and inspire them to make changes. This is most obviously seen in the character of Lucie Manette, daughter of Dr. Alexandre Manette. Lucie is a kind, motherly woman who is described as being “... the golden thread that united [Dr. Manette] to a Past beyond his misery, and to a Present beyond his misery…” (Dickens 60). What this means is the presence of Lucie helps her father, get through his mental anguish after his eighteen year imprisonment in the Bastille. She gives him a reason to remember his past and remain in the present. An understanding of this bond they have allows Dr. Manette to recover from his relapse in Chapters eighteen and nineteen. Interestingly, Lucie’s position of

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