Charles Darnay

A Tale of Two Cities

Character Analysis

Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat by birth, is the protagonist of the novel. He is a noble person in the true sense of the word and a foil to his evil uncle, the Marquis St. Evremonde. Taught by his mother to be compassionate, Darnay honors the system which he was born. As a result, he migrates to England, where he renounces both his name and his inheritance. in london, he falls in love with and marries Lucie Manette. Ironically, she is the daughter of a doctor who was fasely imprisoned for years in Paris as a result of the cruelty of the Evremondes. When Darnay goes to fetch his butler who was imprisoned, he too got arrested for treason. he was said to be communicating between England and the French King Lewis. This is when Sydney Carton comes in.


  • " 'This property and France are lost to me,' said the nephew sadly; 'i renounce them'" (chapter 9) this shows indirect characterization since it reflects his actions.
  • "I am only looking to sharing your fortunes, sharing your life and home, and being faithful to you to the death." (chapter 10) this shows the boundaries and morals of Mr. Darnay
  • "the supplication touched him home. 'i will always remember it, dear Heart! i will remember it as long as i live' " (chapter 20) this shows the emotions darnay has and that he does have something running through his head.