Charles Dickens’ Novel, A Tale of Two Cities

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The French Revolution mainly took place in the city of Paris during the late 1700’s. The Revolution did not only affect the people of France, but also the citizens of England as well. The French Revolution is known as one of the most brutal and inhumane periods of history. If one studied the beliefs and views of the people involved at the time, one would see a reoccurring theme of “ being recalled to life”. Born from the world of literature, Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities takes a deeper look at the culture of the late 1700’s, in both England and France. Dickens uses the character of Lucie Manette to further examine one of the major themes presented in the novel, consisting of the belief of one being reborn through sacrifice; as well as the complex social web which continuously makes itself known in Lucie’s life. It is not out of power or status in which Lucie accomplishes this, yet it is her extraordinary unrelenting love and devotion to her family that brings the theme about.

Lucie is referred to the “ golden thread” several times throughout the novel. This symbolizes her strength in creating the unbreakable bounds within her family. During a period of great oppression and despair Lucie provides great warmth and care to the ones she loves. Lucie shows the greatest love towards her father, Dr. Manette, who had been imprisoned for eighteen years in the Bastille, resulting in complete insanity. As Dickens has Defarge rescue the doctor and return him to his long lost daughter, the rebirth does not take place immediately. In chapter four, Lucie is simply described as a very loving and tender person by her appearance, "As his eyes rested on a short, slight, pretty figure, a quantity of golden hair...

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...o battle against society’s uncompassionate and ravenous hearts, but it all leads to one ultimate sacrifice, that of Carton’s life for Darnay’s. Which again brings about the theme of being recalled to life.

Lucie’s role was essential to this novel, for if it were not of her undying devotion and love for her family the Manette’s would have never had a chance of winning over society and living a very happy and peaceful life afterwards. Through this novel the invincible power of love and the unbreakable bond it holds is portrayed immensely in Lucie’s character. In life there are going to be many hardships and struggles, yet with the presence of true love one can endure through all. Love triumphs the evil and pain in this world. Love has the power to conquer all.

Works Cited

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. 2004.New York. Barnes and Noble Books.
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