A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Who are the main characters in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens?

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In Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Citiesthe main characters are the following:

  1. Sydney Carton
  2. Madame Defarge                       
  3. Jarvis Lorry
  4. Alexandre Manette
  5. Charles Darnay
  6. Lucie Manette

1. Sydney Carton is the hero of the narrative and the most developed of all the characters. Introduced as a dissipated, unmotivated man who allows his talents to be exploited by C.J. Stryver, Sydney has no purpose to his life. After he meets his look-alike, Charles Darnay, and sees the love in Lucie Manette's eyes for Charles, Carton realizes he squanders his life. Further, because of his love for Lucie, Carton is motivated to accomplish something positive. After declaring his devotion to Lucie, he informs her he will make any sacrifice for her:

For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. . . I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you. Try to hold me in your mind, at some quiet times, as ardent and sincere in this one thing (Bk. the Second, Chapter 13).


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