A Tale of Two Cities Resurrection Essay
“Recalled to Life” is a phrase used by Charles Dickens to symbolize resurrection. Dr. Manette, Jerry Cruncher, and Sydney Carton each experience their own for of resurrection in the novel. Out of all the themes in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, resurrection affects each character in their own unique way.
“I hope you care to be recalled to life?”(pg 54). This quote is said to Dr. Manette by Jarvis Lorry. Dr. Manette was a political prisoner who was in the Bastille for 18 years. Over the years, his condition deteriorates until he forgets his real name and mindlessly makes shoes to pass the time. He was put under the care of Ernest Defarge, a wine shop owner. When Mr. Lorry brings Lucie to see her father, her golden hair brings him back to life from his almost ...view middle of the document...
He often complained,” You’re a nice woman! What do you mean by flopping yourself down and praying agin me?”(pg 60). Jerry grave robs because his job at Tellson’s bank doesn’t give him enough money to support his family. Jerry considered himself to be an “honest tradesman for this reason. When Mr. Lorry discovered that Jerry was a grave robber, he scolded him, but later noticed that Jerry just wanted to feed his family. Jerry promises Miss Pross that he will give up grave robbing when they return home from France.
Sydney Carton’s resurrection is the most dramatic of all the resurrections. Carton started out an alcoholic lawyer, who hid in the shadows of another lawyer named CJ Stryver. He hated himself and was jealous of Charles Darnay. Carton fell in love with Lucie when he saw her. Carton tells Lucie he would do anything for her. “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything” (pg 158). His love for Lucie leads him to his own resurrection. Sydney’s resurrection leads him to accomplish more things. Now Stryver hides in Carton’s shadow and Darnay became the miserable person. When Darnay is sentenced to death Carton comes up with a plan to save Darnay’s life. Carton and Darnay switch places and Carton dies as Darnay escapes France. Carton’s last words are “It is a far, far better thing that I do, then I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever know” (pg 386). Carton is saying how it is better for him to die, then to have Darnay die which would make Lucie sad. Carton’s true character stands out in his last moments.
The resurrections in A Tale of Two Cities are very significant to the plot of the story. There were many examples of resurrection such as Dr. Manette becoming like his former self, Jerry trying to care for his family, and Sydney giving up for the woman he loves. Although each character’s experience with resurrection was different, each person made their life better through resurrection.