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Resurrection is a powerful theme found throughout A Tale of Two Cities Many of the characters in the novel are involved with the knitted themes of love salvation and good versus evil The theme of resurrection involves certain characteristics of all of these themes and brings the story together Dr Manette is the first person in A Tale of Two Cities to experience resurrection He is taken away from his wife and then imprisoned for eighteen years Over time his condition deteriorates until he eventually forgets his name and involuntary cobbles shoes when hes anxious to pass the time In Book the First he is freed by the French government and then lives within the care of Monsieur Defarge He is suddenly recalled to life as Mr Lorry proclaimed However his rebirth has just begun and doesnt finish until he is reunited with his daughter Lucie In Book the Second the resurrection theme appears several times At the start of the book Charles Darnay is on trial for treason in England His traveling back and forth between France and England apparently confirms that he is a spy The crowds of people are positive he will receive the death penalty when found guilty Fortunately Darnay is saved by the lawyer-like attributes of Sydney Carton who looks nearly identical to Darnay He too is suddenly resurrected or recalled to life In both Book the Second and Book the Third the reader gets different perspectives of the resurrection theme Jerry Cruncher is a body-snatcher and thinks of his late night activities as an honest trade This parodies the resurrection theme because it is simply a physical resurrection of corpses from the cemetery that seemingly means very little in the plot Later the significance of Jerry Crunchers resurrection activities is revealed in Book the Third In the battle of good versus evil in A Tale of Two Cities good tends to resurrect or be resurrected while the forces of
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