A Tale Of Two Cities Character Analysis

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From “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times (5)” to the shared appearance of Carton and Darnay, Charles Dickens makes it clear that A Tale of Two Cities is a novel full of doubles and foils, with all of its elements “in the superlative degree of comparison only (5)”. Nearly every character has at least one double or foil, often multiple for their different personality aspects. For example, Madame Defarge: she not only is characterized as an obvious stark contrast to Lucie, but also as a subtle foil for Miss Pross. This characterization, specifically in relation to Miss Pross, shows an underlying message that Dickens is trying to convey. He shows this by making two similar characters with similar backgrounds who respond to their circumstances very differently. Dickens believes that while your experiences may shape you, they…show more content…
Miss Pross’s strength is mainly physical, and seems to be directly correlated to her love for Lucie. We only see Miss Pross exert this strength twice over the course the novel, so it may seem like a side note. However, when we do see her strength, it is very important, both to the plot and to Lucie’s safety. The first time Mr. Lorry meets her, he accidentally caused Lucie to faint from distress, activating Miss Pross’s mama bear instinct. Even in his shocked state, he notes her as “a wild-looking woman... all of a red color and... [with] red hair (29)” who “came running into the room in advance of the inn servants, and soon settled the question of his detachment from the poor young lady, by laying a brawny hand upon his chest, and sending him flying back against the nearest wall (29).” We see her strength the second time in her fight with Madame Defarge at the end of the book when she immobilizes Madame Defarge. These two cases show that Miss Pross possesses a physical strength fed by her love and protective

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