Tale Of Two Cities Analysis

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All creative works share common elements, such as character archetypes, conflicts, and themes; some parallels are just more striking than others. The comparison of A Tale of 2 Cities and the TV show, The Vampire Diaries, is an example of one that shares an abundance of striking parallels.
In A Tale of Two Cities, sacrifice is a significant theme. During Charles Darnay’s third trial, it is declared that he must die at the Guillotine. So many people are affected by this, as Darnay was a dear husband, son-in law, father, and friend to many. This leads Sydney Carton to sacrifice himself to the Guillotine in place of Charles Darnay. Carton believes everything he has done in his life was a waste, and that this sacrifice will
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When professing his love for Lucie, he insists that he does not want her to “pity love” him. He says, “I shall never be better than I am. I shall sink lower, and be worse.” Similarly, in Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries, when Damon, one of the Salvatore brothers, professes his love for Elena, he says, “I’d rather die right now than spend my last final years remembering how good I had it and how happy I was, because that’s who I am, Elena, and I’m not gonna change. And there’s no apology in the world that encompasses all the reasons that I’m wrong for you.” Both Damon and Carton believe they cannot change, even for love. Additionally, both Carton and Damon have good hearts and intentions, but use confrontational methods, such as manipulation, in order to save the people they love. For example, Carton knows there is no clean method to get Darnay out of jail, so he uses John Barsad’s “cards” against him in order to get into the jail. Similarly, vampires possess the ability to “compel someone.” Damon uses this to his advantage and often compels and manipulates people into getting what he wants. They fit the archetype of an…show more content…
The parallels between the two works are broad, yet strong, rich, and ample. The similarities between these two works also show a very major difference between the time periods. In A Tale of 2 Cities, Lucie’s suitors are Darnay, Stryver, and Carton, but she knows once she chooses one, there is no turning back. This is because in the Victorian Era, divorce was looked down upon in society and women had little to no rights in terms of marriage. To contrast, in The Vampire Diaries, Elena loves Stefan for the first few series. They believe they will get married one day. However, later in the series, she starts to develop feelings for Damon, Stefan’s brother, and breaks up with Stefan, and starts dating Damon. In the Victorian Era, this wouldn’t be possible, especially since Stefan and Damon are brothers. Therefore, despite the gap in time, the two creative works are captivatingly

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