Jane Eyre and a Tale of Two Cities Comparative Essay

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Samuel Peter Buckelew III
Honors English III
Dr. Williams
September 1, 2011
Summer Reading Comparative Essay
Intro:Many would agree that love is blind, but if this is true how can it have the ability to allow people to see and feel things untouched by other emotions. It has the power to make any given person do extraordinary things, the ability to transform or destroy anybody completely all in one emotion, one thing is for sure, it gives people a greater purpose for existence, a reason to live and die for, something beyond them to devote their life. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë and A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, are two popular, classic examples of love. Thesis: While both novels have a central theme of love, Jane Eyre focuses on the search for love while A Tale of Two Cities interprets the love for family, as well as, the search for new relationships. Compare:

Contrast 1: Throughout the novel, A Tale of Two Cities, many men have fallen for the beautiful Lucie Manette. Many of them have expressed their love and sensitivity towards her, but Charles Darnay won her heart. He showed the most sensitivity, respect, and compassion for Lucie and her relationship with her father, Dr. Manette, proving that his love for her was the real thing. Towards the beginning of the book two when Charles Darnay was on the trial for treason Lucie Manette had to tell the judge if she had ever seen the prisoner before. Lucie then recalled the story of the first time they met. Dr. Manette was very ill and in a very weak state of mind and Mr. Darnay begged Lucie to let him help her shelter her father from the wind so that he can begin his recovery and not get even more ill. Lucie agreed to let Charles help. Charles Darnay's actions showed that not only does he care for Lucie but the ones she loves dearly. He cared for the well-being of her father. He shows his sensitivity towards the people most close to Lucie. Charles Darnay did not express his love for Lucie to her...
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