Sydney Carton's Sacrifice In A Tale Of Two Cities

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Sydney Carton’s sacrifice of his life improves the lives of the Manettes. Sydney Carton was a smart, promising child. The death of his parents really took a hit on his life. Dickens describes Sydney as, “a man of good abilities”, but was “incapable of his own help and happiness”. From this, Sydney can be described as someone who isn’t happy. The past events in his life were responsible for this unhappiness, and he wasn’t able to recover from it. He becomes involved in the book when everyone realizes the similarity between him and Charles Darnay. Once he met Lucie Manette, he fell in love. He loved to see Lucie happy, because when she was happy, he was happy. “For you, and any dear to you, I would do anything.”(188). His relationship with Lucie starts to grow from this point on, and his love never stops.…show more content…
The feeling was wanting to make her happy, and wanting to make the people she loved happy. “I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. I see her, an old woman, weeping for me on the anniversary of this day. I see her and her husband, their course done, living side by side in their last earthly bed, and I know that each was not more honored and held sacred in the other’s soul, than I was in the souls of both”(462). This quote from Carton shows that he is sacrificing his life for her. He knows that her family, her loved ones, are in trouble. He feels that his actions would impact their family later in life, and eventually lead them to happiness. This is why he goes into the prison and pretends to be Charles Darnay. Charles Darnay is out of prison, he was supposed to be executed, but now he is happy with his family. Carton knows he has nothing to live for, as said earlier he is a drunk who has made poor decisions in the

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