Death Of Sydney Carton

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“A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens portrays a theme of resurrection and sacrifice to display the injustices and liberties of most everyone’s lives. In the face of death, as he faces extermination, Sydney Carton is content with sacrificing himself in the place of Charles Darnay. He comes to a conclusion that he wants to have his life mean something and through self sacrifice, he can achieve it. Despite the love we have for ourselves, we must often sacrifice some, if not all, of our life to protect the ones we love so they have a chance at a better and happier one. Sydney Carton is introduced as an alcoholic lawyer at a trial against Charles Darnay, a person who coincidentally greatly resembles him. The two men love the same woman, Lucie Manette. Lucie chooses Darnay over the drunken Carton. Deemed “a fellow of no delicacy”, this does not stop him from voicing his feelings for her and visiting her. Carton cannot find the words necessary to share his undying deep true feelings towards her. Darnay also confesses his feelings and just describes it as “love”. Sydney Carton is willing to do anything for Lucie, even though she is choosing another man over him. The most ironic example of resurrection in the book is Carton’s first requiring himself to be self sacrificed in order to “live again”. Sydney Carton must die in order for the resurrection to take place, and he dies on the guillotine. However, Charles Dickens purposely chooses to kill Carton in a way where he is divinely rewarded. This is displayed when Carton decides to sacrifice himself by dying at the guillotine instead of Darnay, going out with the words “I am the resurrection and the life”. Carton is resurrected in the form of his love’s child. Although Darnay is the father, Lucie’s new child bears Sydney’s name. Carton is symbolically resurrected through this new child. Carton will
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