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Dickens uses the metaphor of a jackal to describe Carton. The jackal is a scavenger. In the same way, Carton lives off other peoples happiness without creating any of his own.
Stryver is described as a lion, the king of beasts. while he does kill, he will also eat what others have killed. However, he is a little more noble about it, and has a much better reputation. Such is the way with Carton and Stryver as attorneys.
Stryver is also physically described as stout, loud, red, buff, and free from any drawback of delicacy, haad a pushing way of shouldering himself into companies and conversations.
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