Tale Of Two Cities Essay Quotes Psychology Problem Solving Strategies
Redemption and salvation do not always come in the form of being saved from death.
Sydney Carton, a man of great potential, has wasted his life and ends up giving his life, in an act of redemption.
In England Charles Darnay is arrested and tried for treason. "Look well upon that gentleman, my learned assistant", pointing to him [Sydney Carton] who had tossed the paper over, "and then look well upon the prisoner.
How say you Are they very like each other" (Dickens p 67).
Sydney Carton's redemption comes in a profound form.
The theme of redemption and salvation is the major theme of the book and is summed up in two famous quotes.
"Recalled to life" (Dickens p 8), which Dickens considered for the title of the novel, and, "It is a far, far, better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known" (Dickens p 352).
When Sydney Carton thinks these words he is for once in his life confident that he is making a difference by improving the lives of many others.
He has complete inner redemption for his wasted life, a life that finally means a great deal to a great many people.