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Archetypal Characters Characters are presented from the start of the novel as good or evil There are no characters that the reader see as good and turn out to be evil at the end or vica versa Their goodness or evilness is clearly shown from the beginning A Tale of Two Cities takes place in England and France during the time of the French Revolution A Tale of Two Cities is a classic novel where Charles Dickens presents to the reader archetypal main characters From the beginning of the novel the reader can know whether the characters are evil or not In the novel the main character Sydney Carton also contributes a lot to the theme of the novel-every individual should have both moral and physical courage and should be able to sacrifice everything in the name of love Sydney Carton has been presented as the worthless human being He was always drunk He did not acquire any high social position He was always alone and lonely Nobody loved him and nobody respected him I care for no man on earth and no man on earth cares for me said Carton page 99 However Sydney Carton did never cause any harm to anybody but actually helped the people around him Sydney Carton was physically identical to Charles Darnay When Darnay was being prosecuted for treason against the English government Carton allowed Mr Stryver the lawyer Carton worked for to reveal him Look well upon that gentleman my learned friend there and then look well upon the prisoner How say you Are they very like each other said Stryver page 86 My lord inquired of Mr Stryver whether they were next to try Mr Carton for treason But Mr Stryver replied no Page 86 The court then released Darnay This was one of the ways Sydney Carton presented assistance to others and that shows that he is a good person who does
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