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In A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens the themes of suffering and sacrifice directly impact the theme of resurrection The two characters concocted by Dickens to best portray these motifs are Sydney Carton and Dr Manette Both these characters lives are filled with distress towards the beginning of the book but as the book comes to an end each finds a way towards personal salvation Sydney Carton portrays a lazy alcoholic who believes he is a waste of space and a good for nothing Carton has very low self-esteem and knows he can never hope to be with his love Lucie Manette because he could never be the good man When Carton professes his love to Lucie he promises Think now that there is a man who would give his life to keep a life you love beside you Dickens 159 Later in the novel Carton stays true to his promise by taking the place of Lucies husband Charles Darnay to be executed His final words are It is a far far better thing that I do thank I have ever done it is a far far better rest that I go to than I have ever known Dickens 390 Through sacrificing himself for Lucies family he realizes that he is coming to a personal salvation Sydney dies knowing he finally gave purpose to his life and his legacy would live onDr Manettes life was filled with much suffering He was ripped away from his pregnant wife and imprisoned in the Bastille for eighteen terrible years all for trying to help a dying boy During this time his mind stared to dissipate and he lost all of hope of ever seeing his family again When he is finally released from the Bastille and reunited with his daughter his life became filled with meaning again Only his daughter had the power of charming this black brooding from his mind She was the golden
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