Darney Carton vs Charles Darney

Topics: A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, Difference Pages: 3 (811 words) Published: February 21, 2013
Corrina Hale
H. Sophomore English
Wiesinger per. 6

                                                          Man in the Mirror Symmetry and the use of dopplegangers are prevalent themes in “Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.  There are no greater comparisons then the numerous intentionally made between Sydney Carton and Charles Darney. Dickens makes this clear when he compares the two men saying; "So like each other in feature, so unlike in manner, both reflected in the glass above them." (Dickens 142). The similarities between these two remarkable characters helps build symmetry throughout the book, between not only the characters but between the cities themselves.

Charles Darney is a honorable, respectable man, full of courage. Darnay can be seen as somewhat of a hero, although he does not undergo the inner struggle that Carton and Dr. Manette do. His opposition to the Marquis’s snobbish and cruel aristocratic values is however, extremely venerable, even if he is not an exceptionally dynamic character. Sydney Carton on the other hand, proves to be the most dynamic character in the entire novel. He, at first, seems lazy and is an alcoholic attorney who does not appear to take any interest in his own life. He describes his existence; "I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me." (Dickens 81). But the reader is aware, even in the first few chapters of the novel, that Carton feels something that he cannot quite express. In a conversation with the recently acquitted Darnay, Carton's remarks about Lucie. And although he is bitter, he betrays his feelings for the beautiful kind girl. Eventually, Carton reaches the stage where he can confess his feelings to Lucie herself, and he does so gently; "O Miss Manette, when the little picture of a happy father's face looks up in yours, when you see your own bright beauty springing up anew at your feet think now and then that there is a man who would give...
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