29 February 2012
Resurrection in a Tale of Two Cities
Though many characters throughout the book experienced resurrection not all of them were resurrected in the same way. Each individual was resurrected by some way or by someone and through that they became a new person or changed in some way. In this book it became evident the change was always for the better.
The resurrection of Dr. Manette is the best noted in the book. A man noted as being insane and having a prison record may not be the greatest father figure but Lucie his daughter nurses him back to health. Taking him away from his shoe cobbling and murmuring. It is not until Darnay tells him his secret and the marriage of Lucie shocks him into a right mind. Dr. Manette is fully resurrected when he can return to his home where he receives the respect he once enjoyed there eighteen years before he was thrown in prison.
Sydney Carton is another character in A Tale of Two Cities who is resurrected. Carton is a lawyer and a drunkard. He falls head over heals for Lucie but quickly realizes he has no chance to ever marry her. Putting his love for her in the shadows he is brought back to the man he once was before his depression and drunk ways kicked in. When he realizes there is no other way to save Lucie he takes Charles Darnay’s spot at the guillotine. Through this expression of sincere love he comes to redemption with himself.
Resurrection has two meanings. The more popular meaning in the book is the revival of something or someone. The meaning Jerry Cruncher brings into the story is to rise from the dead. Jerry is a part of Tellson’s Bank but that is not his only occupation. He is also a grave robber. He has a wife who he abuses both verbally and physically. He refuses to let her pray and abuse is no new thing to his wife. Jerry Cruncher has a part to play in the rescue of Charles Darnay. By using his resurrection skills he compiles black mail against...