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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens contained many themes that are practiced throughout the book Two of these themes are altruism and resurrection The characters Madame Defarge and Sydney Carton are used to exemplify these themes Sydney Carton demonstrated an altruistic nature while Madame Defarge had a self-seeking disposition Carton displayed his charitable nature when Lucie was the object of Mr Stryvers affection When Mr Stryver asked for Sydneys approval he said that he supported him in his pursuit even though Carton held a secret passion for Lucie Before Darnays marriage to Lucie Sydney told Lucie of his hopeless devotion to her and described himself to be undeserving He also volunteered to embrace any sacrifice for her and those dear to her Cartons altruism culminated when Darnay became incarcerated in La Force When Mr Lorry told Sydney of Darnays predicament he traveled to France to offer his help Carton fulfilled his offer to Lucie when he drugged Darnay and took his place in the impending death sentence Madame Defarge imbued from her childhood with a brooding sense of wrong had no traditional morals in her and is the opposite of Carton In Dickens vivid description of her she is described as a tigress and absolutely without pity Her hatred of the Evremondes had grown so profusely that she intended to execute Lucie and her daughter in addition to Darnay who had committed no crime but was to die for the sins of his forefathers In addition she ignored her husbands profound pleas to spare Dr Manette and exclaimed to herself No I cannot spare him Resurrection embodies both Sydney Carton and Therese Defarge Sydney is resurrected from a desolate life of working under Stryver to sacrificing his life for the sake of Darnay In the beginning of the story Sydney is described as a lowly jackal in service to Stryver He drinks excessively with Stryver and is careless in regard to clothing
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