The Many Themes of A Tale of Two Cities

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The Tale of Two Cities has many assorted themes. The themes are

interconnected with each other. Theme plays a big part in the plot a book. The

opinions formed by the audience, of the characters, are also affected by the

themes in a book. Three themes in this book are sacrifice, love and hate, and

death; these themes show up many times in this book. The themes in this book

are shown through the characters and their actions.

Sacrifice shows up in the book many times. Sacrifice is giving up

something that is apart of your life that you do not really want to give up.

The greatest sacrifice in the book is Carton's death. He sacrifices his life

for his love for Lucie Manette. Sydney Carton met his death with great dignity.

In fulfilling his old promise to Lucie, Carton attains peace; those watching see

"The peacefullest man's face ever beheld"(366) at the guillotine.


Darnay gives up his estate in France, for the idea of working in England. His

decision to become a teacher put him in a conflict with his uncle, the Marquis

St. Evremonde. Miss Pross lost her hearing when she tried to stop Madame

Defarge from killing Lucie and her family. Miss Pross was the loyal servant for

Lucie. She showed her loving devotion to Lucie by fighting off Madame Defarge.

Many characters are skilled with the force of love in this book. Miss

Pross, fought off Madame Defarge for the reason that she loved Lucie, and did

not want anything to happen to her. The true love was the feelings of Sydney for

Lucie. This love was so great he sacrificed his own life for her. He showed

more love for her than for himself. Hate is also plays a big part in...