A relationship is the way in which two or more people areconnected. It could be by marriage, work, interest, emotionally, or intimacy.Throughout their lives, people build relationships with other people, who couldbe workers, friends, who sometimes become close as if they are consideredfamily. In the “The Tale of Two Cities” the author displays differentrelationships among characters throughout the novel. In this essay, I willpresent the different relationships between protagonists and how this connectsthem. Although relations orrelationships between two or more people requires a lot of work, good and strongrelationships give meaning to people’s life because they are the result of whoare seeking for love, affection emotional support, and psychologicalwell-being. A Tale of Two Cities is a novel, which is mainly based onthe French Revolution.
However, the author emphasizes different relationshipsamong protagonists. As we read the novel, we notice that different of relationsand relationships exists between some characters. Let’s start with therelationship between Lucy Manette and her father Dr. Manette.
The relationshipbetween is a parental and filial relationship. Lucie met her father for thefirst time, Dr. Manette after the latter spent eighteen years and right duringtheir first encounter, we easily notice that there was a very strong connectionand relation between them. When Lucy met Dr. Manette, he was in a sort ofagony, and she decided to take him with her in other to take care of him andhelp him to recover from that, although she wasn’t used to him and didn’treally know anything about him. This shows that although she never had any with him before, she acknowledgesthat he is her father and no matter what she needs to take of him like anychild will do with his parents, and throughout the novel she spends most hertime taking care of him, rather than he does of her. Some readers might believethis is not common.
But it is. In most cultures around the world, when childrengrow up and become adults, they are expected to take care of their parents asthere are getting old and therefore more fragile and less capable. Furthermore,as we read the novel, we also notice that Lucie’s for her father is strong anddeep. She saves her last evening as single lady to spend it with her father andduring conversation later that night, she reiterated her love to Dr. Manetteand reassured him that she will always be there with him, even after the getmarried. We also learned from her that her love to her father even overcomesthat between Charles Darnay and her when she said: “if had never met Charles,my father, I should have been quite happy with you.”Another relationship is that between Carton and God, or thereligion.
Sydney Carton before his death, walked through the streets of Paris,moaning “I am the resurrection and the life, saith the lord: he that believethin me, shall never die.” (326). This prayer is a biblical reference, related toJesus Christ, bringing Lazarus back from the death portrays the relationship betweenSydney Carton and God, presenting him therefore as a man of faith and a man whobelieve in God and the bible. Moreover, as we read the novel, we noticed thatalthough Sydney Carton waisted his life on alcohol and apathy, he could not actonly in his own interest. He always cared and helped people he loves,especially Lucie, as recommend by Jesus Christ in the Bible. He even wentbeyond those recommendations and sacrificed his own life so that another manmay live.
Through this action, Charles Dickens presents Sydney Carton as man offaith. This relationship between carton and God, or the religion is normal. Inmany countries and traditions, people tend to have a very strong relationship with God and the religion. theypray, worship and faith in God in the hope that they will go to paradise afterthe death.Carton also developed a strong, and short relationship with a younglady right before his death: the seamstress.
The seamstress is a non-identifiedyoung woman who was accused of plotting against the French Republic. She wasfound guilty and sentenced to death by beheading. She then met Carlton inprison and was also the only person to identify him as the “fake Darnay.” Theis the last person to speak to Carton before his death and both developed astrong and relationship. The seamstress acts as if she had a strong, andpowerful love interest for Sydney Carton during their final moment. Theseamstress is the only person in the whole novel to truthfully call Carton”brave and generous” and asked him to hold her hand as both are riding to theguillotine. Carton agrees and even hold her until she is executed.
Althoughthey share only a little amount of time together, their relationship is one thedeepest relationship and entirely book. Carton’s connection to her gives himstrength, while her connection to him gives him more confidence. Furthermore,both are parallel. While he is dying for the Republic and for an imaginary crimeshe didn’t commit, Carlton is dying for Darnay and sentenced to death for acrime he never committed. The story of Carton and the seamstress is like thatof Jesus and a lady in the bible named Martha. There are some similaritiesbetween the seamstress’s words and that for Martha in the bible, when she askedCarton: “May I ride with you? Will you let me hold your hand? I am not afraid,but I am a little weak and it will give me more courage”.
This show howprofound is the relationship between Carton and the seamstress. She feels moreconfident with Carton and believe that him, holding her hand will make herstronger to face the death. Also, with the two of them holding hands justbefore the death, provides hope that makes readers believe that they will betogether in the afterlife. Carton’s relationship with the seamstress is not the only relationshiphe is involved in throughout the novel. As we can see in the book, especiallyat the beginning, he has what can be considered more hypocrite or ironic thanit appears at the beginning of the novel. Stryver and Carton are formerclassmates and work together as lawyer. They have many things in common likedrinking, loneliness and seem to be anything worth anything.
The fact that theyhave been friends for a long time and seem to get along under certain circumstances,for example Carlton helps Stryver to do all his paperwork make the reader thinkthey are good friends and partners. However, Carlon doesn’t like Stryver. He knowsthat Stryver is taking advantage of him, but can’t do anything to change this becausehe sees himself as waste of life anyway. Furthermore, he is a little jealous ofStryver. He once admitted that Stryver represented the man he could have been ifhe would have the confidence to do so. Stryver on the other hands is moresuccessful in his career than Carton and therefore use this to mock Carton anduse to let him do all the job for him to win the cases.
Carton is in fact the realbeneficiary of Stryver’s success, but Stryver is always the one in the top, whotakes all the credit, and therefore is compared to the lion, while Carton is comparedto a jackal. It is therefore obvious that they are not as good friends as one shouldthink. There are more enemies than friends.
There is another interesting relationship between Lucie and Miss Pross.Miss Pross is described as a wild red woman, strong of head. She Lucie’sServant and is also unselfish and loyal to her. As we move on throughout the novel,we notice that the relationship between Miss Pross and Lucie is more than a simplyservant-employer relationship. In fact, it looks more like a mother daughter relationshipthan anything else. Miss Pross has lived with Lucie almost all her life: “I havelived with the darling-or the darling has lived with me, and paid me for it;which she certainly should never have done, you may take affidavit, if I couldhave afforded to keep either myself or her fornothing-since she was ten years old.” It is then obvious that sheknows Lucie and have been take care of her for a long time now, long enough to makethe relationship between them evolve from servant to “mother.” She takes care of Lucie and treats her likeher own daughter.
She devoted her life to caring for Lucie. She is overprotectiveand wants to take care of Lucie and does not want. At the end of the novel, theauthor emphasizes her overprotection to Lucie when she kills Madame Defargeswhile trying to protect Lucie.In summary, there are so many relationships to explore in the Taleof Two Cities it will take time to talk about all of them. However, we sawthrough those, which we talked about how relationship among characters can berelated to how they are related to each other and to their self-interests