In the end, while Darney stays a very respectable person, Carton digs himself out of dismal, indifferent existence to become the hero of this novel. These differences between Charles and Sydney supported his themes of resurrection and revolution. The way Dickens’s used symmetry to develop was quite interesting. He showed that two things can be similar, but never exactly alike. He used the symmetry to show revolution, as carton and Darney became more alike as the story went along.
Dickens is often held to be among the greatest writers of the Victorian Age. Nonetheless, why are his works still relevant nearly two centuries later? One reason for this is clearly shown in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. In the novel, he uses imagery to sway the readers’ sympathies. He may kindle empathy for the revolutionary peasants one moment and inspire feeling for the imprisoned aristocrats the next, making the book a more multi-sided work.
Somewhere in Carton lived Charles Dickens. Somewhere in the novel Dickens found the redemption he desired so desperately. Lucie’s love of life and her calm intelligent love for others are huge in her ability to bring the best out in a person. Those around her are headed for greatness as she has this greatness in her. Dickens uses Lucie to speak volumes into the lives of those around her.
These themes are all elaborated on in the text which is comprised of complex language structures that is mostly formal whilst remaining personal with the reader as well; sentences are structured diversely with short sharp quotes in juxtaposition to lengthy descriptive and often either first person of passive language (which is characteristic of Dickens and the time) "Great Expectations" is one of Charles Dickens more mature and profound items of literature and is classed by many as "the last of his great works". Great Expectations is typically characteristic of his later books which satirize social division and are more radical that its predecessors and the comedy more savage in that the way the plot is melodramatic in portraying wealth as boring and the cause of other's suffering. Also theses points are shown in the construction of exaggerated attitudes for characters w... ... middle of paper ... ... son (Pip). Pip loses his parents at the start of the book and then following on he is arguable unfortunate to lose his parental figure of his sister as well. Joe loses his wife and leaves his once unhappy marriage with her to start a new life with Biddy in an apparently joyous life with a child for the first time.
Her shadow also has an emotional affect on others because she comes off as such a threatening person she crushes the hopes of characters, like she does to Mr. Lorry in this quote. Dickens th... ... middle of paper ... ...e meaning of this quote, which is saying that time flies by and there is nothing that can stop it or change anything along the way. The repetition of the mention of fountains enforced the idea of fate very well. Dickens brings the novel to life by expressing the theme fate through several symbols, which are the shadow, knitting, and fountains. His powerful usage of symbols helps tie in many different themes.
Dickens’ proficient use of irony through chance is shown through detailed character descriptions, the relationships between characters, and their intertwined histories. The coincidental resemblance between a lawyer’s assistant and a Frenchman accused of treason, ends up saving the life of an innocent man. Charles Darnay, a native Frenchman, has been making numerous trips between England and France, but cannot account for the work he has been doing. During Charles Darnay’s trial for treason, Sydney Carton, the assistant to Darnay’s lawyer, coincidentally notices a very similar resemblance between Charles and himself. Dickens writes, “They were sufficiently like each other to surprise, not only the witness, but everybody present, when they were thus brought into comparison” (Dickens 55).
The boy’s sister is present as well; regardless of understanding right from wrong they ended up raping the young girl (Dickens 313). For silence they offered Manette gold which he declined. This suggests the true severity in their selfishness and not caring about anyone but themselves. The wife of the Marquis, Darnay’s mother told him that one day he shall repay the injured girl who is the surviving sister of the girl and boy the Evermonde twins murdered. This is the ‘business’ Darnay has throughout the novel, to fix the mistakes and doings of his father and uncle.
A Tale of Two Cities In the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, he compares many characters by including similar and contrasting characteristics between a minor character and a major character. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are characters who exemplify this comparison because at the beginning of the novel Carton is portrayed as a drunken, careless man while Darnay on the other hand is the example of what Carton should to be, successful, polite and respectable. While Darnay is considered a major character, he would not be anything if it wasn’t for the physically alike but characteristically different Carton. In the beginning of the novel, Sydney Carton is introduced as the look-alike to Charles Darnay while in court because Darnay was being tried for treason. When a witness takes the stand to tell the court he had seen previously seen Darnay in England, it is brought to the attention of Darnay’s lawyer that there is someone who looks almost exactly similar and asked if he had seen anyone who looked extremely similar to him.
Charles Dickens captures the aura of the French Revolution so poetically it is almost as if he was there. Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is a thrilling novel originally printed in the newspaper, explaining the cliffhangers at the end of many a chapter. One of the elements that makes the story so thrilling is his incorporation of the theme of fate. Dickens incorporates innumerable symbols to enforce this theme. The echoing footsteps, the storm, and the water are all symbols that reflect the theme of fate by demonstrating the inevitability of your fate.
Dickens uses this for the background of his novel. Marie Shephard once said that Dickens was helped by his friend Carlyle for a background on the French Revolution, and tried to focus more on the plot than a character (51). Another historian said that “the French Revolution exists in the novel only insofar as Dickens’s characters vivify it, live through it, react to it, and make its reality manifest to the reader”(Allingham). Dickens understood this and used it to help him write the novel, and to help us in understanding it. In the tale, the historical technique has been used quite perfectly.