Ressurection in A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens

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Resurrection is a powerful theme found throughout the plot of A Tale of Two Cities. Many of the characters in

the novel are involved with the intertwining themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil. The theme of resurrection

involves certain aspects of all of these themes and brings the story together.

Dr. Manette is the first person to experience resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities. He is taken away from his

pregnant wife and then imprisoned for eighteen very long years. Over the years, his condition deteriorates until he

forgets his real name and mindlessly cobbles shoes to pass the time. In 'Book the First', he is released by the French

government and then put in the care of Monsieur Defarge. He is suddenly 'recalled to life'(19, 35). However, his

rebirth has just begun and does not become complete until he is reunited with his daughter; Lucy Manette.

In 'Book the Second; The Golden Thread,' the resurrection theme appears several times. At the start of this

book, Charles Darnay is on trial for treason in England. He has been traveling back and forth between France and

England and is thought to be a spy. The people in the crowd are sure that he will be found guilty, the punishment for this

crime being death. Darnay is saved by the ingeniousness of Sydney Carton, and he too is suddenly resurrected or

'recalled to life'.

In both 'Book the Second' and 'Book the Third,' the reader gets different perspectives of the resurrection theme.

Jerry Cruncher is a body-snatcher and he refers to his late night activities as though it is an honest trade. His son knows

of his father's nocturnal activities and expresses his desire to follow in his fathers footsteps: 'Oh, Father, I should so

like to be...