A Tale of Two Cities


Book 3, Chapter 15

The final chapter of the novel includes Carton’s death and reveals his transformation. As he is driven through screaming and taunting crowds to the guillotine, Carton remains composed and focuses his attention on the seamstress who asked him to hold her hand. The two share a conversation about the afterlife, and he kisses her goodbye before she walks to the guillotine. Carton is peaceful as he approaches his execution, imagining a future full of justice for those Revolutionaries who have abused their power, as well as a successful resolution for the Revolution. He also imagines the future for his friends, including a second son for the Darnay family, with the hope that they would name him Sydney.

The final chapter is heavy with symbolism. Death and resurrection combine in the novel to show both the end of Carton and the new hope for a better future. In addition, Carton is a symbol for many things, including love, devotion, self-sacrifice, and the ability of a man to better himself.

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