A Tale of Two CitiesCharacter Development

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Topic: ‘In a Tale of Two Cities, none of Dickens’ characters show any development at all during the time span of the novel.’ Do you agree? Discuss with reference to at least two characters. ÿ This statement cannot be totally agreed or disagreed with, as there is a substantial argument for both sides. For: * Lucie Manette does not develop at all. Her kind, compassionate and submissive ways, remain constant. Her strong selfless, and caring personality is …

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…starts a new life with his daughter. * Sydney Carton develops significantly in the novel. He is firstly presented as an alcoholic ‘slob’, who doesn’t really care about life and is considered to be of a ‘moody’ nature (page 179). His drinking and pessimistic ways begin to diminish, after her tells Lucie of his love for her. He becomes a kind man, who even sacrifices his life for Charles Darnay, so that Lucie may be happy.