Redemtion And Salvation In A T


A inspiration in life that many people cling to is, that no matter how rough
and demoralizing things get, there is always a possibility of redemption and
salvation. Many characters in the novel, A Tale Of Two Cities, are sure that their own death or mental destruction is at hand but somehow they escape the grasp of death. Dr. Manette who has been imprisoned for eighteen years is completely insane and is lovingly nursed back to health. Characters such as Charles Darnay slip through the fingers of death more than once. Redemption and salvation do not always come in the form of being saved from death. Sydney Carton, a man of great potential, has wasted his life and ends up giving his ...

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begins when he is imprisoned unjustly for eighteen years. The solitary time spent in the prison waiting for his certain death is so excruciating it makes Manette go insane. When Dr. Manette is finally released he does not even know his own name: "one hundred and five north tower" (Dickens p 37) is all he says when asked. Mr. Lorry and Lucie Manette have the emotional stressful task of restoring Dr. Manette back to health: "to restore him to life, love, duty, rest, comfort" (Dickens p 22). It took more than five years for Mr. Lorry and Lucie to reinstate Dr. Manette's health and even still he has a lot of trouble dealing with flashbacks of his agonizing years in prison: "old air of avoidance and dread had lately passed over him, like a cold wind" (Dickens p 178). The redemption and salvation barely attained by Dr. Manette left deep emotional scars and whenever they are jolted Dr. Manette goes back to his deranged state of mind. The shoemaker bench, Dr. Manette used in prison, ...

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saved again by another person's doing and not his own. Dr. Manette, a hero among the French revolutionaries, frees Darnay by swaying the crowd in his favour: "His[Dr. Manette] high personal popularity, and the clearness of his answers, made a great impression" (Dickens p 265). This trial really shows how lucky Darnay is that he met the Manettes. For it was only Dr. Manette's imprisonment that saves Darnay. Darnay's freedom is short-lived for the same night that he is released he is picked up and arrested again. At the trial, this time, he is convicted. The outlook on the situation is extremely grim as everyone is preparing themselves for his execution: "Yes, he will perish: there is no ...

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