“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans: 5: 9-10; “United Church”). Characters like Sydney Carton are people that will give up their own life. Such is the case when Sydney Carton promises Lucie Manette to give his own life for her. He pretends to be Charles Darnay, and he perishes when he gets executed by the guillotine. By sacrificing himself, Sydney allows Charles and Lucie the opportunity of escaping the terror during the French Revolution. The story in which these events take place is called A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens. The central idea of A Tale Of Two Cities is that sacrifice is exemplified by the heroic power that the character demonstrates by surrendering his or her own life or a possession, that of which results from the struggles he or she faces. Furthermore, sacrifice is also exemplified by Charles Darnay, Dr. Manette, and Sydney Carton.
First of all, sacrifice is exemplified when a character gives up his own possession that results as a result of the obstacles they face, this of which Charles Darnay is an example of. In the novel, Charles Darnay is a French aristocrat and he chooses to live in England because he does not want to be associated with the cruel ways that his ancestors developed through generations. In fact, Darnay displays great integrity when he rejects the arrogant and cruel values of Marquis Evremonde (SparkNotes Editors). During the tribunal in the Bailey courtroom, Lucie reports “There were no other passengers that night, but we four. The prisoner was so good as to beg permission to advise me how I could shelter my father from the wind and weather, better than I had do…
… so can die for our sins. To Conclude, Sacrifice is the act of surrendering of a possession or life as an offering to God or to a divine (Merriam-Webster ).
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