A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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“Constant goodness and purity can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, love and compassion bring people together, and often transform them.” –Albert Schweitzer. It is a central idea in our world that when an individual sows love and compassion for mankind, their actions will positively impact those around them, and they will most certainly reap the benefits. Although a person of this magnitude seems rare in our society today, in Charles Dickens’, A Tale of Two Cities, Lucie Manette is the embodiment of compassion for those around her. In the novel, those whom encounter Lucie view her as pure, noble, strong and loving, and through her endeavors as a compassionate young woman she brings her father peace, transforms various characters in the novel, and in return receives protection and devotion. Lucie’s acts of kindness drive characters to do great things, all the while she keeps both friends and family together and justly remains the “golden thread” that benevolently unites characters in the story. In the novel, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens portrays the character of Lucie Manette as a pillar of purity, nobility, compassion, and love which in turn allows her to transform those she encounters, revive them back to life, and do great things on her behalf. In the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, Lucie Manette is the personification of a person who is truly kind and compassionate. More to the point, everything that Lucie does, is out of the goodness of her heart and for those around her, and consequently, everyone who meets her sees her as a beautiful, loving young woman. In the way she presents herself and acts, Lucie is all together divine. For example, the reader is able to see this side of Lucie when at the yo... ... middle of paper ... ...not only brings to the novel, but spreads to others, ultimately overpowers evil and hatred. Using the character of Lucie Manette in his novel, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens how a person who kind, pure, noble, compassionate, and innocent, can cause those around them to transform, and bring their life new purpose, and in return have great, powerful things done on that persons behalf. Lucie Manette’s whole life revolves around loving her family, and being compassionate toward everyone she encounters, which allows her to impact people in a positive way, transforming them and recalling them back to life, causing them to sacrifice their own convictions for her in return. Dickens illustrates that the power of love is so strong that it can save the lives of people who were once doomed to unhappiness. In general, Dickens asserts that love overcomes all obstacles.
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