Sydney Carton

Tale of Two Cities

Sydney Carton

Dickens portrays Sydney Carton to be one of the most dynamic characters throughout the novel. He is Mr. Stryver’s lawyer and assistant. Carton does not appear to be a very nice or kind hearted man. He is frequently drunk and very pessimistic about life. He feels defeated because at one point he felt as if his life had no hope or promise. Though he at first does not show to be intimate or dedicated towards anyone, by the end of the novel he would be describes as a completely different man. Before Lucie marries Darnay he admits his own feelings towards her. From this event forward he becomes the stories hero. Carton’s huge sacrifice at the end of the story proves his selflessness and true love for Lucie. When sacrificing himself to the Guillotine Sydney imagines a beautiful image of Paris and the evil times that he is presently living in.