"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.

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In Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, the reader is introduced to a variety of characters, each having his own characteristics and qualities. Two of the most important characters are introduced to the reader in Book II of the novel. These characters are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. When the reader is first introduced to these two characters, he has already been told that Darnay and Carton have strikingly similar appearances. The reader does not know yet, but the fact that they look alike will play a key role throughout the rest of the novel. The reader also finds out later that appearance is not the only similarity between the two characters. Darnay and Carton have much in common, but they also have many different qualities as well. The fact that they are much different in character also plays a key role in the novel. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are very much alike, however they are also very different.

Charles Darnay, also known as Evremonde, is a wealthy, successful aristocrat from France. Sydney Carton on the other hand, is a drunken, broken down lawyer who does not really care about himself or anyone else. However, his view of the world changes when he meets Lucie Manette. Both Carton and Darnay become attracted to Lucie Manette on the day of Darnay's trial. Darnay is being tried for treason and Lucie is to be a witness for the prosecution

against Darnay. When Carton sees the striking resemblance between himself and Darnay, he presents the information to Darnay's lawyer. His lawyer points out their similar appearances and proves that no one could say for sure that it was in fact Darnay and he is acquitted. Sydney Carton has now saved Charles Darnay for the first time. After the trial...