A Tale of two Cities and Dickens Career

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A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens, has many different characters with interesting personalities. Some of the characters in the novel all share one common fact that Dickens used throughout the book. Charles Dickens based the characters of A Tale of Two Cities on himself and his life.

Charles Dickens based the virtuous Charles Darnay as a version of himself. Dickens portrays himself through Charles Darnay in the fact that Dickens and Darnay have the same initials (C.D.) (“A Tale”, Novels for Students par 7). Dickens might be portraying that Darnay and himself have so much in common, so Dickens gave Darnay the same initials. Charles Dickens also presents Darnay’s relationship with Carton to himself. Charles Darnay’s relationship with Sydney Carton could portray Dickens’ own problem with his honorable and commonly negative side (“A Tale”, Novels for Students par 7). Darnay’s relationship with Carton was strong, as seen in the last book where Carton takes Darnay’s place on the guillotine to be killed. Dickens might have done this to symbolize love Dickens had for another friend, just like Darnay had with Carton. As Dickens based himself on Darnay, Dickens might have also based Dr. Manette as a version of himself.

Charles Dickens might have portrayed himself through Dr. Manette. A Gale research source says, “They trace parallels between Manette’s career as a physician and his selflessness in reporting the abuses of the nobility with Dickens’ career as a journalist and advocate for social improvement” (“A Tale”, Novels for Students par 2). Dickens might have done this through Manette to show what issues Dickens stood for. Dickens portrayed himself through Dr. Manette in one more instance. Some critics see resemblance in Dickens’s conception of alternative worlds in his books with Dr. Manette’s conception of a place where he is only a cobbler (“A Tale”, Novels for Students par 2). Dickens might have done this to basically resemble the two lives he...
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