A Tale of Two Cities

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Tasnima H.

A Tale of Two Cities

Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "that which does not kill us makes us stronger." No matter how much one tends to suffer, the experiences can make the person overcome their suffering and become stronger. By looking at A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens, the truth behind this quotation will be clear, the way Dr. Manette overcomes his past suffering will prove how things that don't kill us makes us stronger. 

If we confront something difficult in life, an obstacle or hardship of some sort, and we live through it, then you will be stronger and wiser from that experience. We will learn from our mistakes and be able to better cope with that situation should it ever occur again. Initially, whenever we emerge from a trauma, we have learned something, and knowledge is power. If what we have just been through doesn't kill us, it has made us more experienced. Therefore we are more prepared, through experience, to face difficulty again. If you go through a life changing experience, the things you learn from that experience will help you become a better and stronger person i.e. learning from your mistakes and not repeating them. What doesn't kill you makes you more mentally and physically prepared for whatever is next to come. The experience that Dickens's displays in Two Cites of Dr. Manette after his imprisonment and his son-in-law's imprisonment, proves the truth of what Nietzsche had to say. After Dr. Manette is released from spending eighteen years in the Bastille, he is described to being unstable and was found making shoes. After overcoming his mental breakdown he has to face the fact that his son-in-law, Charles Darnay is imprisoned. Dr. Manette's imprisonment did not kill him but made him stronger in his efforts to release Darnay from prison. His "old pain has given [him] a power that has brought [him] through a barrier, and gained [him] news of Charles.." (259). Due to the experiences he was...
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