Carton and Darnay- a compare and contrast essay

Essay by emmanem1High School, 10th grade June 2006

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For many years, people across the world have been in admiration, fixation, and curiosity about the inquisitive novel, "A Tale of Two Cities", written by one of the most prestigious writers of all time, Charles Dickens. Individuals have questioned of Dr. Manette's struggle to overcome insanity after recuperating from the troubles of prison, what the several motifs, such as "blood" written on the wall, means, and why Mr. Defarge goes to 105 North Tower. These are only a few examples of the countless subjects brought up from this novel. However, the prime unanswered question of this novel is, "Are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton most similar or different in 'A Tale of Two Cities'?" Numerous debates have arisen from this topic, however, the best way to find the answer is to compare and contrast Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton's personalities, appearances, and values.

In numerous ways, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton's appearances are alike, and in several extents, they are different.

For instance, as Carton speaks to Darnay about himself, he mutters, "Why should you particularly like a man who resembles you?" (82). This reveals that the men's comparable mannerisms are recognized. Additionally, while in court for Darnay's trial, the attorney points out that the prisoner and Carton are "sufficiently like each other to surprise." (72). This is possibly the first recognition of the resemblance of the two men. After this realization in court, many other begin noticing the similarities of Darnay and Carton. However, the two men have multitudinous differences in their appearances as well. Charles Darnay is about "five-and-twenty, well-grown and well-looking...plainly dressed in black." (60). Darnay is altogether a young gentleman. His appearance at court is presentable, respectable, and appropriate. Likewise, Sydney Carton's appearance is "careless and slovenly, if not debouched" (72). Carton's overall look is terribly...