The Resurrection In A Tale Of Two Cities

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Resurrection is the act of rising from the dead. This can be taken literally or metaphorically. In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, he uses resurrection in a metaphorical way. The resurrection brings back characters from the “dead” and allows others to change into a new person. In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens resurrection renews and changes the characters.

Charles Darnay shows resurrection through returning. Charles Darnay leaves France and comes to England. Coming to England provided him with the ability to show his innocence in front of court. Upon becoming innocent he is summoned back to his home in France that he left so long ago, “...explaining the strong obligation he was under to go to Paris…” (189). He had
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Dr. Manette was “‘Buried how long?’ The answer was always the same. ‘Almost eighteen years.’” (10). For 18 long years, Dr.Manette was sheltered from the outside world. He never saw his family and he immersed himself into making shoes. When his daughter took him out of the prison, he was a new person and the world was new to him as well. Dr.Manette was often thought of as “buried alive” and his returning to the world shows that. Dr.Manette was resurrected when he came home to his family and left the prison walls for what he thought would be the last time.

Sydney Carton shows resurrection through becoming a better man for the one he loves. Carton loved Lucie Manette and even though he knew that she didn’t love him back like he wanted her to, he decided to become a better man for her. He only wanted the best for her and he believed that changing himself could help with that. “For the first time in many years, he had no strong drink.” (262). Carton decided to quit drinking. He had hoped that, that maybe repairing himself would help to resurrect himself into a new person.

Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities allowed for the characters to become new and repair themselves. Dr.Manette was resurrected through coming back from prison, and Sydney Carton became a new person. Charles Darnay was resurrected by coming back from his hometown after being gone so long. These characters were resurrected into
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