Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities

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Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities

Resurrection is a powerful theme found throughout the plot of A

Tale of Two Cities. Many of the characters in the novel are involved with

the intertwining themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil. The

theme of resurrection involves certain aspects of all of these themes and

brings the story together.

Dr. Manette is the first person to experience resurrection in A

Tale of Two Cities. He is taken away from his pregnant wife and then

imprisoned for eighteen very long years. Over the years, his condition

deteriorates until he forgets his real name and mindlessly cobbles shoes to

pass the time. In "Book the First", he is released by the French

government and then put in the care of Monsieur Defarge. He is suddenly

"recalled to life"(19, 35). However, his rebirth has just begun and does

not become complete until he is reunited with his daughter; Lucy Manette.

In "Book the Second; The Golden Thread," the resurrection theme

appears several times. At the start of this book, Charles Darnay is on

trial for treason in England. He has been traveling back and forth between

France and England and is thought to be a spy. The people in the crowd are

sure that he will be found guilty, the punishment for this crime being

death. Darnay is saved by the ingeniousness of Sydney Carton, and he too

is suddenly resurrected or "recalled to life".

In both "Book the Second" and "Book the Third," the reader gets

different perspectives of the resurrection theme. Jerry Cruncher is a

body-snatcher and he refers to his late night activities as though it is an ...

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...ovels of the middle period, including A Tale of Two

Cities (Guerard 150). This means that every thing, like the separate

themes intertwining, have a specific purpose in the novel. The classic

themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil are all included in the

closing use of the resurrection theme, uniting and unifying the plot of the

novel, capturing and adding to Dickens's style of writing.

Works Cited

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. London: Orion Publishing Group, 1994.

Guerard, Albert. The Triumph of the Novel: Dickens, Doestoevsky,

Faulkner. New York: Oxford University Press,1976.

Charles Dickens: An Overview. http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/victorian/authors/dickens/dickensov.html

Perdue, David. David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page. http://www.fidnet.com/~dap1955/dickens/
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