Tale of Two Cities Character Change

Topics: A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, Rape Pages: 2 (566 words) Published: January 19, 2013
Summer Reading Assignment

Characters change in many ways, whether they are conscious of it or not. In both a “Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens and “Nectar in a Sieve” by Kamala Markandaya characters can change when they have choices forced upon them. This essay will show how change is forced on characters in both books.

To begin with, character change in “Nectar in a Sieve” is shown in different ways. One is shown when Ruku and Nathan are forced into situations they are not fond of. "Let us not sacrifice the future to our immediate need.’ ’What is the alternative?’ he shouted. ‘Do you think I am blind and do not see, or so stupid as to believe that crops are raised without seed? Do you take me for a fool that—‘ He was not shouting at me, but at the terrible choice forced upon us;” (52) This shows how Ruku is forced to side with Nathan due to the fact that there are no alternatives. She is against the idea as well, but there are no alternatives. Another example is when Ira got frustrated when Ruku got pregnant and Ruku had to deal with her. “As my pregnancy advanced she turned completely away from me. Sometimes I saw her looking at me with brooding, resentful eyes, and despite myself I could not help wondering if hatred lay behind her glance.” (75)This shows how some people can’t come to terms with things that they don’t want to face. In this instance, Ira was frustrated that Ruku was pregnant and she wasn’t, causing her to distance her from Ruku, and in the end Ruku lost a good friend and had to cope with it. All in all, this shows how forced change can change how characters are.

Next, forced change in “A Tale of Two Cities” is also showed in different ways. It is shown in one example when Madame Defarge’s sister is raped, and a more cruel side of her is shown. “I care nothing for this Doctor, I. He may wear his head or lose it, for any interest I have in him; it is all one to me. But, the Evrémonde people are to be exterminated, and the...
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