By: Renee Frailty Charles Dickens promotes heroism and evil acts in A Tale of Two Cities like the revolutionists promoted vengeance in France. Dickens wrote of many actions to choose, but the main performances displayed are easily recognized in the novel. In this story, good and evil come face to face many times, and they counter-attack each other in very simple ways. The first act of heroism to be discussed is the fact that Charles Darnay, an exile from France, chose to return to Paris to relieve a friend from jail. Darnay thought this action over, and reluctantly decided to face his fears of the people in France. He did not have to answer his friend’s plea, but he did because Dickens chose this character to be one of the perfect characters that is obsolete in society today.
Darnay is unusual because he knew he would become in danger by going to Paris, but as Dickens said in the second book, “He sat up late, and wrote two fervent letters; one was to Lucie, explaining the strong obligation he was under to go to Paris, and showing her, at length, the reasons that he had, for feeling confident that he could become involved in no personal danger there,” (p. 241) he went anyway- clearly not for himself. Another act that Dickens showed in this novel was the occurence of Miss Pross and Madame Defarge coming face to face. This is the most evident scene of good and evil colliding. “‘I know that your intentions are evil,’ said Miss Pross, ‘and you may depend upon it, I’ll hold my own against them.’ ” (p. 358) This statement clearly showed that Miss Pross’s intentions were good, and they were only to save Lucie’s life.
Do you believe that mankind is born good or evil? I believe that mankind are born to be good, but to be taught good or evil as they grow up. It depends on how their life was or how their parents taught and treated them. There is no such as thing being born evil only being born innocent. When people are born into this world, they are born innocent and new. Innocence, to me can be seen as good. They ...
Although Madame Defarge died by the struggle, this incident was purely out of love and devotion to someone dear to Miss Pross. The most hero i act in the novel made its show near the last of the book. The event of Sydney Carton replacing Charles Darnay with himself to be beheaded was by far the stupidest thing a person could have done, but it was also the most intrepid acts of any character in A Tale of Two Cities. “‘Of all the people upon earth, you least expected to see me'” was Carton’s declaration to Darnay when he first showed his face to him in the prison cell. Of course because Darnay did not think he was likable by Carton, he was evidently surprised to see that Carton would come to his rescue. Sydney did not have to do what he did to save Darnay’s life, but he did simply because he loved a woman Darnay had in his grasp.
He knew she would never be with him, so he gave her the life of Darnay to make her happy. Anyone that would sacrifice his own life for the love of someone unattainable is a hero in any book. The first evil action to be discussed is the incident when the Marquis St. Evrmonde’s carriage rolled over and killed a small child. The Marquis seemed to have no compassion at all. “Monsieur the Marquis ran his eyes over them all, as if they had been mere rats come out of their holes.” (p.
116) To many this action would have been considered evil because a normal person would have at least cried some tears of condolence toward the death of the child. The next evilness to bring up is Darnay’s capture in France. The citizens that arrested Charles Darnay did not know him at all. They knew of his ancestors’ pasts only. They chose to take revenge upon him because of the actions of his ancestors. Darnay was simply arrested because he was an aristocrat and an emigrant.
.”.. banishing all emigrants, and condemning all to death who return… .” (p. 248) Most likely the most evil of the evil conveyed in A Tale of Two Cities was the patient revenge brewing inside of Madame Defarge.
Dr. Alexander manet te was a prisoner in the Bastille for 18 years. He is released and taken back to London by Jarvis Lorry of Tell son Bank. Dr. Manette is a little crazy because of all the years he spent locked up in solitary confinement. He has a daughter, Lucie, who was a young girl when he was sent to prison. On a boat trip, Lucie meets a young man named Charles Darnay and is taken with him. ...
One is reminded of an evil witch by the actions and words that Madame Defarge displayed. “‘Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is a rule.’ ” (p. 179) This statement made by Madame Defarge clearly shows that her intentions all along were evil, and her character was made to be one like a snake: patient, waiting to strike. She caused pain throughout so many of her victums’ lives by selfishly seeking revenge upon the aristocrats that caused the death of her family. Heroism and evilness collide forces to insure that the reader will always be ready for a change in this novel’s plot.
One never knows what will happen because of its twisted atmosphere and unrealistic pain a character can inflict. If A Tale of Two Cities had been more realistic, the reader could have known what the end would have been.