"A Tale of Two Cities": Charles Dickens - Character Analysis

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Sydney Carton is the moral hero of the story, but he did not accomplish this on his own. He came to love Lucie, and as a result he underwent a variety of personality changes. The moral heroism of Sydney arises because of his unrequited love for Lucie. Because of his love for her, he is willing to do anything for her, even sacrifice himself, for her happiness. Through how the story played out, it is evident that if Sydney had never met Lucie, he would still be a scruffy looking, lazy man with no reason to live. In fact, Lucie is probably all that is holding him back from committing suicide.

Out of his love for Lucie, Sydney is willing to do anything, even sacrifice his life for her happiness. You can see this when he comes to switch places with Charles, he says, "I come from her - your wife, dear Darnay", (Page 327).

Sydney first says that he had come from Lucie, yet she wouldn't have possibly have let him go through with something like that, had she known. What Sydney really meant by that was that he was coming for Lucie, possibly thinking that he had wasted his life prior to meeting her, so if he was to give his life, it would best be to her. Also, as he is dictating his letter to Charles before switching with him, "I should never have used the longer opportunity. If it had been otherwise....If it had been otherwise --" (Page 329). Sydney cannot think what would happen because there could be no 'otherwise'. This was his final decision. He was positive that he would go through with this, and did without a moment's hesitation. He knew that there would be no turning back, for what was there to...