The Man Recalled to Life
The Interests of Dr. Manette
Dr. Manette's Stance on the French Revolution
So far in the novel, Dr. Manette does not at least show any strong emotions towards the French Revolution, neither for or against. He will never get those eighteen years he spent in prison back, but he still allows Charles Darnay, the son of whom is responsible for Manette being imprisoned to marry his beloved daughter, whom he has relatively recently been reintroduced to. At this point in the novel, Manette appears to be stable emotionally, forgiving Charles for what his father has done to him, and seems to be really level headed. Even during the important matter of Lucie’s marriage, he “sat silent, with his face bent down. His breathing was a little quickened; but he repressed all other signs of agitation” (Dickens 102)1. Considering that Manette was imprisoned by aristocrats, it can be assumed that Manette his pro-revolution; however later in the book, Charles Darnay is imprisoned by revolutionaries2, 3, and therefore it can also be assumed that he is against the revolution. Generally however, Manette, though not quite apathetic about the revolution, does not really show strong emotions towards the revolution. He chooses to keep his thoughts and opinions to himself generally, and his emotions and opinions towards the revolution sway between events throughout the novel.
1Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1999. Print
2"LitCharts | A Tale of Two Cities: Themes." LitCharts. A Tale of Two Cities: Themes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.
3Shmoop Editorial Team. "Doctor Manette in A Tale of Two Cities." Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc.. 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.