Charles Dicken's A Tale Of Two Cities By Tupac Shakur

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Tupac Shakur once wrote about the rose that grew from the concrete, which by keeping hold of its dream proved nature’s law wrong. The motifs of the rose that grew from the concrete are repeated in Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities and reflected in the life of Tupac Shakur. Driven by a yearning for the redemption of their troubled pasts, Sydney Carton and Tupac make amends with those who hurt them, pledging themselves to a higher calling. Although cast out of society as delinquents, Sydney Carton and Tupac both overcome their shadowed past to make something great of themselves. When questioned about his business by Mr. Lorry, Sydney states, “Business! Bless you, I have no business” (Dickens 84). Likewise, when talking about his…show more content…
Upon sacrificing himself for the sake of the revolution, Sydney envisions, “I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous, and happy” (Dickens 372). Just as Sydney made sacrifices for change, in his song “Keep Ya Head Up”, which addresses the injustice experienced every day growing up in the ghettos of Los Angeles, Tupac refers to the selfishness of politicians, insisting, “They got money for wars but can't feed the poor” (Tupac “Keep Ya Head Up”). Even when met with an easy way out, Sydney and Tupac refuse to live on the sidelines, and fully immerse themselves in the problems facing their communities. Although Charles being sentenced to death provides Sydney with a means to be with Lucie, he would rather take on the burdens of those he loves in their place, offering to give his life at the guillotine, so that Charles and Lucie may be together, and France may one day be free. As Charles was willing to sacrifice his life for his friends and country, even when Tupac had the opportunity to escape the ghetto for the Hollywood lifestyle, he was willing to sacrifice his career and reputation in order to spread awareness of the injustices plaguing his community. The risks taken by Sydney and Tupac and the most demanding times affirms that these men were not men of flesh, but men of steel, unwilling to back down or take the easy way

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