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A friends, who sometimes become close as if

A relationship is the way in which two or more people are
connected. It could be by marriage, work, interest, emotionally, or intimacy.
Throughout their lives, people build relationships with other people, who could
be workers, friends, who sometimes become close as if they are considered
family. In the “The Tale of Two Cities” the author displays different
relationships among characters throughout the novel. In this essay, I will
present the different relationships between protagonists and how this connects
them.

 Although relations or
relationships between two or more people requires a lot of work, good and strong
relationships give meaning to people’s life because they are the result of who
are seeking for love, affection emotional support, and psychological
well-being. A Tale of Two Cities is a novel, which is mainly based on
the French Revolution. However, the author emphasizes different relationships
among protagonists. As we read the novel, we notice that different of relations
and relationships exists between some characters. Let’s start with the
relationship between Lucy Manette and her father Dr. Manette. The relationship
between is a parental and filial relationship. Lucie met her father for the
first time, Dr. Manette after the latter spent eighteen years and right during
their first encounter, we easily notice that there was a very strong connection
and relation between them. When Lucy met Dr. Manette, he was in a sort of
agony, and she decided to take him with her in other to take care of him and
help him to recover from that, although she wasn’t used to him and didn’t
really know anything about him. This shows

 

that although she never had any with him before, she acknowledges
that he is her father and no matter what she needs to take of him like any
child will do with his parents, and throughout the novel she spends most her
time taking care of him, rather than he does of her. Some readers might believe
this is not common. But it is. In most cultures around the world, when children
grow up and become adults, they are expected to take care of their parents as
there are getting old and therefore more fragile and less capable. Furthermore,
as we read the novel, we also notice that Lucie’s for her father is strong and
deep. She saves her last evening as single lady to spend it with her father and
during conversation later that night, she reiterated her love to Dr. Manette
and reassured him that she will always be there with him, even after the get
married. We also learned from her that her love to her father even overcomes
that between Charles Darnay and her when she said: “if had never met Charles,
my father, I should have been quite happy with you.”

Another relationship is that between Carton and God, or the
religion. Sydney Carton before his death, walked through the streets of Paris,
moaning “I am the resurrection and the life, saith the lord: he that believeth
in me, shall never die.” (326). This prayer is a biblical reference, related to
Jesus Christ, bringing Lazarus back from the death portrays the relationship between
Sydney Carton and God, presenting him therefore as a man of faith and a man who
believe in God and the bible. Moreover, as we read the novel, we noticed that
although Sydney Carton waisted his life on alcohol and apathy, he could not act
only in his own interest. He always cared and helped people he loves,
especially Lucie, as recommend by Jesus Christ in the Bible. He even went
beyond those recommendations and sacrificed his own life so that another man
may live. Through this action, Charles Dickens presents Sydney Carton as man of
faith. This relationship between carton and God, or the religion is normal. In
many countries and traditions, people tend

 

to have a very strong relationship with God and the religion. they
pray, worship and faith in God in the hope that they will go to paradise after
the death.

Carton also developed a strong, and short relationship with a young
lady right before his death: the seamstress. The seamstress is a non-identified
young woman who was accused of plotting against the French Republic. She was
found guilty and sentenced to death by beheading. She then met Carlton in
prison and was also the only person to identify him as the “fake Darnay.” The
is the last person to speak to Carton before his death and both developed a
strong and relationship. The seamstress acts as if she had a strong, and
powerful love interest for Sydney Carton during their final moment. The
seamstress is the only person in the whole novel to truthfully call Carton
“brave and generous” and asked him to hold her hand as both are riding to the
guillotine. Carton agrees and even hold her until she is executed. Although
they share only a little amount of time together, their relationship is one the
deepest relationship and entirely book. Carton’s connection to her gives him
strength, while her connection to him gives him more confidence. Furthermore,
both are parallel. While he is dying for the Republic and for an imaginary crime
she didn’t commit, Carlton is dying for Darnay and sentenced to death for a
crime he never committed. The story of Carton and the seamstress is like that
of Jesus and a lady in the bible named Martha. There are some similarities
between the seamstress’s words and that for Martha in the bible, when she asked
Carton: “May I ride with you? Will you let me hold your hand? I am not afraid,
but I am a little weak and it will give me more courage”. This show how
profound is the relationship between Carton and the seamstress. She feels more
confident with Carton and believe that him, holding her hand will make her
stronger to face the death. Also, with the two of them holding hands just
before the death, provides hope that makes readers believe that they will be
together in the afterlife.

 

Carton’s relationship with the seamstress is not the only relationship
he is involved in throughout the novel. As we can see in the book, especially
at the beginning, he has what can be considered more hypocrite or ironic than
it appears at the beginning of the novel. Stryver and Carton are former
classmates and work together as lawyer. They have many things in common like
drinking, loneliness and seem to be anything worth anything. The fact that they
have been friends for a long time and seem to get along under certain circumstances,
for example Carlton helps Stryver to do all his paperwork make the reader think
they are good friends and partners. However, Carlon doesn’t like Stryver. He knows
that Stryver is taking advantage of him, but can’t do anything to change this because
he sees himself as waste of life anyway. Furthermore, he is a little jealous of
Stryver. He once admitted that Stryver represented the man he could have been if
he would have the confidence to do so. Stryver on the other hands is more
successful in his career than Carton and therefore use this to mock Carton and
use to let him do all the job for him to win the cases. Carton is in fact the real
beneficiary of Stryver’s success, but Stryver is always the one in the top, who
takes all the credit, and therefore is compared to the lion, while Carton is compared
to a jackal. It is therefore obvious that they are not as good friends as one should
think. There are more enemies than friends.

There is another interesting relationship between Lucie and Miss Pross.
Miss Pross is described as a wild red woman, strong of head. She Lucie’s
Servant and is also unselfish and loyal to her. As we move on throughout the novel,
we notice that the relationship between Miss Pross and Lucie is more than a simply
servant-employer relationship. In fact, it looks more like a mother daughter relationship
than anything else. Miss Pross has lived with Lucie almost all her life: “I have
lived with the darling-or the darling has lived with me, and paid me for it;
which she certainly should never have done, you may take affidavit, if I could
have afforded to keep either myself or her for

nothing-since she was ten years old.” It is then obvious that she
knows Lucie and have been take care of her for a long time now, long enough to make
the relationship between them evolve from servant to “mother.”  She takes care of Lucie and treats her like
her own daughter. She devoted her life to caring for Lucie. She is overprotective
and wants to take care of Lucie and does not want. At the end of the novel, the
author emphasizes her overprotection to Lucie when she kills Madame Defarges
while trying to protect Lucie.

In summary, there are so many relationships to explore in the Tale
of Two Cities it will take time to talk about all of them. However, we saw
through those, which we talked about how relationship among characters can be
related to how they are related to each other and to their self-interests