Charles Darnay also is influenced, to the point of asking Lucie to marry him—and bring new life into the world.
Lucie accepts, and thus forms a family tie that will prove essential when Darnay becomes imprisoned in later years.
Do such coincidences detract from the general quality of the novel or do they add to it?
Some critics criticize Dickens’ characters as stereotypes and argue that they are exaggerated to such an extent that they fail to be meaningful.
I think you did a great job, especially with the 'resurrection' theme. I thought the same thoughts when I read it for book club.
RESURECTION in A Tale of Two Cities Introduction Grabber: “I am the resurrection and the life.In the novel, Dickens illustrates his sympathies with some of the aims of the French Revolution. He also illustrates the excesses of the violent struggle by the revolutionaries, for example, Darnay’s death sentence. London is stable but it is also corrupt and has divisions along the lines of class.There is noted use of metaphors by Dickens in the novel. Paris has nothing but ideals and the Revolution with all its grit and violence. For instance Lucie represents good while Madame Lafarge represents evil.This charge is leveled at the characters in A Tale of Two Cities too.Discuss whether this issue strengthens or weakens the plot and themes of the novel.Her love and patience, and simply the realization that she is his daughter, brings Manette back to sanity and health; in a sense, back to life.Alexandre Manette is not, however, the only person whose life Lucie touches.Book I of A Tale of Two Cities is centered mostly on the rescue of Alexandre Manette from the horrid French prison, the Bastille; thus, it is titled “Recalled to Life”.Alexandre Manette once had a full life; one of peace and contentment.Imprisoned unjustly, his intellect—and all that was sane in his brilliant mind—dies.Enter Lucie Manette, his daughter, glowing with life and youth.