character analysis on Tale of Two Cities

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In the novel, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens made many powerful characters come to life. One of the major themes Charles Dickens talks about is resurrection. The main character that is brought back to life is Doctor Manette. Doctor Manette was always frequently changing throughout the novel into a stronger human being. Doctor Manette is very strong and proud by the end of the novel because he overcomes the Evermondes and is able to accept Charles Darnay into his life.

In the beginning of the novel, Doctor Manette’s attitude is weak and he has lost all sense of identity after the Evermondes put him in jail for eighteen years. When Mr. Lorry talks to Manette for the first time, Lorry asks Manette what his name is and Manette then replies, ‘‘‘One hundred and Five, North Tower”’(Dickens 49). Doctor Manette’s answer showed that he was very weak here because he has lost his sense of identity. Manette did not give himself an actual name because he was still living in fear of the Evermondes and he did not yet have the strength to overcome them. Eventually Doctor Manette starts to change his attitude into a more courageous character.

Towards the middle of the story, Doctor Manette changes and starts to accept himself as a normal person would. He loves his daughter, Lucie Manette, and will do anything to make her happy because Lucie brought him back to life. Something that made Lucie happy was having a husband. Lucie finally found someone to make her as happy as she will ever be: Charles Darnay. “It was a hard parting, though it was not for long. But her father cheered her, and said at last, gently disengaging himself from her enfolding arms, ‘Take her, Charles! She is yours”’ (Dickens 194)! Doctor Manette said this to Charles and Lucie after their wedding. Even though Doctor Manette found out before the wedding that Charles was related to the Evermondes, he sacrifices his sanity for Lucie’s happiness. Doctor Manette’s sanity went after Lucie...
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