A Tale Of Two Cities

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In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens had described the period of preparations for a revolution filled with turmoil and chaos in France. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton were the two characters that played important roles in the story. They were depicted as physically alike but possessed different personality, different reasons for their sacrifices and different ways of changes in their character developments through the whole story.

Charles Dickens had developed these two characters as gentlemen with morals and golden hearts. Besides physically alike, they had few similarities in their personality.

In the story, they resembled a straightforward attitude, and presented their true feeling to others. Charles Darnay in disgust of what his family had done stood up to his uncle and showed his resentment ""¦we have done wrong, and are reaping the fruits of wrong." Sydney Carton loved Lucy for the first sight and decided to pledge his love to her.

He asked nothing more of Lucy than to always remember how deeply he cared for her, and that he would make any sacrifice to her or anyone dear to her. They resembled big differences in their characteristics and appearances. Charles Darnay first appeared as a noble man with positive attitude, hard-working and ambitious, hired out as a tutor and translator to make his own decent living. He had purpose in life and found pleasure in his work. Sydney Carton, on the other hand was carefree about what people thought of him or the way he dressed. He was shown to be a lonely man, appearing rather insecure and having low self-esteem. "I am a disappointed drudge sir. I care for no man on earth and no man on earth cares for me." He threw his life away, and put himself into a depressing mood that he...