What lesson can be learned from Sydney Carton's death?A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens   What lesson does Dickens tell to his readers with Carton's death to save Darnay?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The theme of redemption is exemplified in the sacrificial death of Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities.  As a Christ-like figure, Carton is the sacrificial victim who dies for the sins of the Evremonde twins who killed members of the family of Madame DeFarge.  In dying for the family of Charles Darnay, ne Evremonde, Carton also redeems his dissipated life by his act of love for Lucie in returning to her her beloved husband.

That Sydney Carton has redeemed himself is evident in the final passages of the novel in which Carton envisions a child who bears his name on the lap of his dear Lucie,

a man, winning his way up in that path of life which once was mine.  I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious there by the light of his.

This theme of death and resurrection/redemption has been prevalent through Dickens's novel.  First, it is introduced in Book the First as Dr. Manette is "Recalled to Life," then, it is presented humorously as Jerry Cruncher, who refers to himself as a "resurrection man," contemplates that it would not do for him if men were "recalled to life."  Charles Darnay is imprisoned--buried from society--and then released twice in the novel.  And, finally, it takes another's death to resurrect the life of Charles Darnay.

auli | Student

Sydney Carton is an epitome of love,duty and touching modesty. He sacrifices his life on the behalf of Darney. From his sacrifice, it is explicit that his love for Lucie is ardent. He sacrifices his life in order to make Lucie happy,who was on the verge of losing her beloved husband,Darney and also for the fact that he will never get Lucie in his life. What he could do was just to make her happy. We can learn from his sacrifice that man can do anything for an ardent,never-withering love... simply anything. Love is the sole directer of human beings' life. 

denotes | Student

His unknown persecution shows sacrifice and his love to Lucie. 

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