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Theme of Love and Sacrifice-Sydney Carton Stands as a Symbol of Sacrifice in Dicken's a Tale of Two Cities


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A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dicken's most dramatic imaginative and ever popular novels. The two cities of the title are London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution (1789-1799). The Revolution in France was a rising of the masses against the despotism of the king and the privileges of the nobles and the clergy. The story opens a few years before the great French Revolution. Alexander Manette is a young doctor practicing in Paris. He is a promising and good doctor married an English lady and they have a daughter, Lucie. The doctor has witnessed one inhuman incident by a noble, Evremonde who caused for the death of two young people. Dr Manette writes to the minister about the cruel affair. Somehow Evremonde brothers come to know of it and imprisoned Dr Manette for eighteen years. The doctor's wife dies of shock at the mysterious disappearance of her husband. The Doctor is reduced to a skeleton and looks like a ghost at the time of release from jail in the Bastille. After five years fate throws them to contact with Charles Darney, member of Evremonde family. Fortunately, when Charles Darney was in risk, Sidney Carton, a never do well barrister comes to Charles Darney's rescue in miraculous manner. He has a striking resemblance to the Frenchman in appearance. Charles Darney and Lucie fell in love with each other and got married. Sidney Carton also fell in love with Lucie but he understands that she is not going to love wastrel like himself. Yet he promises her that he is willing at any time to undergo the utmost sacrifice for her sake or for the sake of another dear to her. Darney was arrested as an immigrant and imprisoned in France. Sidney Carton in the guise of Darney sacrificed his life for the happiness of Lucie and stands as a symbol of sacrifice and hero of the novel.

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French Revolution, Clergy, Suppressed, Proclaimed Declaration of Rights, Communism, Industrial Revolution, Miraculous, Confronted, Guillotine, Reign of Terror, Terrible, Convictions, Sacrifice, Immigrant, Sidney Carton, Humanitarian, Vigorous, Fraternity, Solemnity, Self Complacency, Materialism, Degeneration of Values
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B. Mohan
S.V. College of Engineering and Technology, Chittoor, A.P, India

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A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dicken's most dramatic imaginative and ever popular novels. The two cities of the title are London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution (1789-1799). The Revolution in France was a rising of the masses against the despotism of the king and the privileges of the nobles and the clergy. The story opens a few years before the great French Revolution. Alexander Manette is a young doctor practicing in Paris. He is a promising and good doctor married an English lady and they have a daughter, Lucie. The doctor has witnessed one inhuman incident by a noble, Evremonde who caused for the death of two young people. Dr Manette writes to the minister about the cruel affair. Somehow Evremonde brothers come to know of it and imprisoned Dr Manette for eighteen years. The doctor's wife dies of shock at the mysterious disappearance of her husband. The Doctor is reduced to a skeleton and looks like a ghost at the time of release from jail in the Bastille. After five years fate throws them to contact with Charles Darney, member of Evremonde family. Fortunately, when Charles Darney was in risk, Sidney Carton, a never do well barrister comes to Charles Darney's rescue in miraculous manner. He has a striking resemblance to the Frenchman in appearance. Charles Darney and Lucie fell in love with each other and got married. Sidney Carton also fell in love with Lucie but he understands that she is not going to love wastrel like himself. Yet he promises her that he is willing at any time to undergo the utmost sacrifice for her sake or for the sake of another dear to her. Darney was arrested as an immigrant and imprisoned in France. Sidney Carton in the guise of Darney sacrificed his life for the happiness of Lucie and stands as a symbol of sacrifice and hero of the novel.

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French Revolution, Clergy, Suppressed, Proclaimed Declaration of Rights, Communism, Industrial Revolution, Miraculous, Confronted, Guillotine, Reign of Terror, Terrible, Convictions, Sacrifice, Immigrant, Sidney Carton, Humanitarian, Vigorous, Fraternity, Solemnity, Self Complacency, Materialism, Degeneration of Values

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