What character fits The Mentor archetype in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens? Include textual evidence and analysis

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Jarvis Lorry fulfills the mentor archetype in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.  The mentor character in literature often aids the hero in his quest, offering advice or wisdom to other characters in need of such within the story. 

Dickens characterizes Mr. Lorry first as a business man, but it is his compassion and caring for the Manette family that distinguishes him as the Mentor archetype.   Throughout the novel, Lorry provides support and aid to the Manettes, starting with his help in bringing Dr. Manette to Lucie.  In book two, chapter 12, Lorry advises Stryver to think of "the young lady.  The young lady goes before all," and clearly Lorry follows his own advice, often putting the Manettes first in his own life.  He will not even tolerate Mr. Stryver talking meanly about Lucy.

No where is Mr. Lorry's role as mentor more evident than the final chapters of the novel when he accompanies Dr. Manette and Lucie to Paris to save Lucie's husband.  It is Jarvis Lorry who arranges Darnays escape who has who has "replied to all the previous questions. It is Jarvis Lorry who has alighted and stands with his hand on the coach door, " and has the Darnays' carriage standing ready. 

Mr. Lorry is a pivotal character and mentor figure in A Tale of Two Cities for the assistance he provides to Lucie and Charles.




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