Tale of Two Cities: Resurrection
Resurrection is one of the major themes in the novel, A Tale of Two Cities; and in many novels of this time. Resurrection or rebirth ties into the other themes of love, redemption and good versus evil. Dickens obviously realized that everyone deserves a second chance. This is very evident in the characters of Dr Manette, Charles Darnay, and Sydney Carton. Lucie Manette, in my opinion, even experienced a moment of rebirth.
Resurrection is the act of bringing back to practice, notice or use; revival (Dictionary.com). In this sense, rebirth would also be a term used to describe the actions of resurrection taking place in this novel. Not necessarily in the physical sense but a rebirth of the mind and life itself.
Resurrection between the physical and mental aspects of someone’s life is quite phenomenal. Resurrection of the mind is an internal rebirth of someone’s character, feelings, goals, morals, values, even a sense of hope. Carton experienced this type of resurrection in the novel.
I remember a friend of mine that experienced this type of resurrection, of mind and spirit. she was once alive but then died in the World, and was resurrected and brought above all the horrible things in the World. Mental resurrection has to be wanted, and worked for. You can not just hope it will happen because the world will devour you when you least expect it. I believe this is what Carton was doing. He was waiting for someone to save him; and the hole he dug continued to get deeper and deeper till it was almost too late for him to climb out.
Charles Darnay could have very well experienced the body type resurrection. He was saved from death one time by Dr. Manette and two times by Sydney Carton. This represents an almost physical death, but with his heroes he experienced a physical resurrection that changed his entire life.
Dr. Manette was the first character to experience resurrection. He was “recalled to life,” in the first book,...