What is the significance of the title of Book the First, "Recalled to Life" in A Tale of Two Cities?  Please go into detail.

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The title of Book the First captures one of the central themes in the novel - that of resurrection. Of course, you are not alone in your confusion regarding the answer that Jarvis Lorry entrusts with Jerry Cruncher, for Jerry himself exclaims:

"That's a Blazing strange answer, too."

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The title of Book the First captures one of the central themes in the novel - that of resurrection. Of course, you are not alone in your confusion regarding the answer that Jarvis Lorry entrusts with Jerry Cruncher, for Jerry himself exclaims:

"That's a Blazing strange answer, too."

 

The coachmen likewise are able to make nothing of it at the end of Chapter 2, but we are reintroduced to this phrase in Chapter 3, for Jarvis Lorry begins to dream of speaking to the man who has been buried "for 18 years" and now has been "Recalled to life." It is only in Chapter 4 that we work out that the person who has been "Recalled to Life" is Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette's father, who had been feared dead for so very long but has now been released from the Bastille in France where he has been prisoner for 18 years. Note how the description of Dr. Manette in Chapter 6 reinforces this impression that he has risen from the dead in some way:

The faintness of the voice was pitiable and dreadful... It was like the last feeble echo of a sound made long and long ago...

Note too how the expression "haggard eyes" is used to describe the Doctor at first, placing emphasis on his weakness and frailty.

Of course, the expression "Recalled to Life" is not only featured in the resurrection of Dr. Manette, but in the resurrection (if you like) of both Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay at the end of the novel. Sydney Carton is able to become the man and resurrect his better qualities by his decision at the end to give his life up for Darnay, and Darnay is literally given a second chance at life through Carton's sacrifice.

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