Tale of Two Cities Essay

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“Tale of Two Cities” During the French Revolution thousands of people were killed on the streets, thrown in jail, and forced to leave their homes. Many people’s lives were changed drastically and destroyed. In Charles Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities, 3 main characters struggle to find identity, meaning in life, and ultimately family. Charles Darnay is the nephew of the Marquis’ chose to live in England instead of France because of the social society. Darnay does not want to be associated with his uncle due to his cruel actions. “We have so asserted our station, both in the old time and in the modern time also,” said the nephew, gloomily, “that I believe our name to be more detested than any name in France”(134). In this quote Darnay is telling his uncle how their family name is the most hated in France. Charles does not reveal his identity until the end of the novel, during he lives in England as a lowly French tutor. Darnay marries a woman named Lucie Manette and moves in with her and her father, Dr.Manette. Only at this time Darnay feels like he should tell Dr.Manette who he really is because he feels as though he needs to relieve his guilty conscience. Lucie Manette has lived her whole life thinking her father is dead. When Lucie turned 18 she was asked to devote her whole life to a father whom she never met. “…If, when I hint to you of a Home that is before us, where I will be true to you with all my duty and with all my faithful service, I bring back the remembrance of a Home long desolate, while your poor heart pined away, weep for it, weep for it!”(50). Even though Lucie never met her dad until she was an adult she still is devoted and loyal to her father. Lucie helped the man who is now her father comes out from madness and back into the real world. Lucie marries Charles Darnay after he asks her father for permission. In Charles Dickens novel,

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