Troubled: A Tale of Two Cities

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The complications in Charles Darnay's life reflect that of societies immediate conditions. In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens reveals the instability of France and England. While encountering numerous trials Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton must also live through the romance similar to that of Romeo and Juliet.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" (Dickens). The central conflict of the novel revolves around the two characters, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Charles Darnay was accused of treason in England and his lawyer Stryver pleads his case but it wasn't accomplished until Carton comes along to help. Later on, Charles Darnay renounces his last name as an Evrémonde because of what the French do, and he dislikes the French aristocracy. As soon as he renounces his name he moves to England and later he falls in love with Lucie Manette and she falls for him too.

Sydney Carton, who has problems with drinking also fell in love with Lucie, he was willing to change for her, and he felt as if everything was much better with her around. This became a major conflict for Sydney Carton, as his sake he was trying to free himself from all his problems. He loves Lucie so much, but he sees that she has never loved him, yet he would do anything for her. His love for Lucie, is that of great courage because he will do something significant and the most surprising thing for her.

In A Tale of Two Cities, the conflicts begin to arise as Darnay goes back to France to rescue a fellow friend because he was in danger at that moment. At this he risks his own life because of a promise he had made. Darnay was soon captured...