A Tale of Two Cities
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This paper studies the four characters who made enormous sacrifices in the novel "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. With supporting quotes from the text, the author of this paper discusses how Sydney Carton sacrificed his life; Miss Pross sacrificed her hearing; Madame DeFarge sacrificed her integrity and then her life; and Old Doctor Manette sacrificed his health and the time he could have spent healing the sick.
From the Paper:"Of course the man with the greatest sacrifice- his life- was Sydney Carton. But, it was such a noble gesture: the fact that the woman he loved, Lucie Manette, loved and was married to another, Charles Darnay. While some people may see Carton's giving his life for his look-alike, Darnay, as a political gesture, I do not believe that Dickens intended it to be anything but the giving up of a life which would turn out to be unhappy without the woman he so desperately loved. "I play my ace, Mr. Barsad, without any scruple, in a very few minutes." (p. 333) Then, having replaced Darnay, he comforts a seamstress to be executed just before his turn. He sees, in his thoughts, "the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy, in that England which I shall see no more. I see her with a child upon her bosom which bears my name...I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and ion the hearts of their descendants, generations hence.....It is a far, far better thing I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." (p. 416) These are among the most famous and poignant farewells to life ever written. And while the worst of times took Carton's life, the best of times kept those he loved alive."
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