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In Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities the character of Sydney Carton was presented as an alcoholic lawyer with very low self-esteem He progressed as a character and changed slightly in appearance mainly in Chapter 20 of Book the Second In the preceding chapters Carton is merely described as a drunkard frequenting tavern and downing copious amounts of wine Charles Darnay used a sarcastic understatement I think you have been drinking Mr Carton 71 to highlight this ludicrous point In his ranting however he makes his true feelings clear Carton refers to himself as a disappointed drudge who no one on earth cares for 71 He tends to be a follower especially of Stryver which takes full advantage of this simple mans efforts On the contrary Carton does show tendencies to do very studious and good work as a lawyer described as an amazingly good jackal 72 The only problem he had with that good trait is that he had no confidence or self-esteem to back up his aptitude for law hence he would never be a lion 72 Further he was always considered an outsider Carton appeared to be a vile morose man when in actuality it was the alcohol speaking He never really expressed his true self until that soft side emerged in the closing action of the book The fact that Carton never found companionship in upright man and that he binged frequently caused people to look upon Carton distastefully causing his outcast status After Darnays marriage to Lucie however Carton made an appearance and showed genuine emotion toward Darnay He apologized for his drunkenness and made a plea to be friends 172 Darnay was patronizing to Carton not giving him much respect yet Carton seemed to be earnest nevertheless This showed how Carton was actually an admirable man on the inside but still had a problem with alcoholism This showed an honorable trait within the
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