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Carton as Christ

Throughout A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens paints a dynamic picture of Sydney Carton.Atfirst, Carton appears a disillusioned lost soul, lost in a drunken stupor.However, as the story progresses, Carton becomes the ultimate savior.Replaced with compassionate manners, he comes to exemplify the Christian ideal of the New Testament, as he becomes a Christ-like figure in order to repent for the crimes committed by the Evermondes.
In the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, Carton is the lost soul.He is referred to as the "jackal" in contrast to Darnay who is referred to as the "lion."As the jackal, Carton is always a few steps behind his counterpart, and should be eaten by the "lion."Both Darnay and Carton acknowledge the dynamic present between them.Darnay is fully aware of his superiority stating, "You are in a bad way, you know; you really are in a bad way.You don't know the value of money, you live hard, you'll knock up one of these days, and be ill and poor" (Dickens 169).As most people believe, Carton feels that he himself has no purpose. He agrees with the way other people feel about him and takes no initiative.
However, Carton slowly becomes a kindhearted, well-established character that the audience can empathize with.Through his love for Lucie and little Lucie, Carton "cleans up his act," so to speak.After Darnay and Lucie get married, Carton is thefirst to visit and offer his congratulations.It is in this scene that wefirst notice the change in Carton.Even Darnay notices "a certain rugged air of fidelity about him" (Dickens 251).
Moreover, when Darnay is captured, Carton fills his void.Bonding with little Lucie to the point where she needs him to tuck her in every night, Carton begins to plan his final deed.Like Christ in the New Testament, Carton is seen as a resurrection character.He s


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