Final Project for A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens for English 10H.
Lorry Meets with Lucie and Tells Her That Her Father is Alive
Enough! This is enough! She is panicking! She cannot handle this!
My father is alive?!
Lucie, your father is alive. He has been locked away in the Bastille for eighteen years.
My son! Look what you've done to my boy!
Returning from a Party, Monseigneur Runs Over a Peasant Boy
Everything will be okay. I am so sorry for your loss.
I don't care about your worthless boy! It's not like either of you have money like me!
Lucie Attempts to See Darnay Through a Window While He is in Prison
BOOO prisoners! We are going to get you all! WOOHOO!!
This choppped wood represents the heads of the prisoners!
Where is Lucie and her daughter? Tell me or this will not end well for ANY of you!
Lucie Manette has believed her whole life that her father was deceased. In this scene, Jarvis Lorry has come to inform Lucie that her father is alive. He tells her that he has been locked up in the Bastille for eighteen years. He essentially went missing, therefore he was presumed to be dead. Lucie goes into shock when she hears this news and her servant, Miss Pross, has to calm her down. This scene sets the stage for the rest of the book.
Madame Defarge Fights With Miss Pross
You are not going to get NEAR them on my watch!
Monseigneur runs over a peasant boy while making his way back from a party. He does not care because he has money and the boy is a peasant therefore he thinks the boy is worthless. Monsieur Defarge tries to comfort the boy's father while Madame Defarge stands there knitting. This shows the type of person Monseigneur is and how those with money are able to get away with their actions in this book. This scene also shows the type of people the Defarges are; Monsieur Defarge is caring while Madame Defarge seems very unphased by the death of the boy.
Darnay Has Been Condemned
Please! No! He is innocent!
The letter YOU wrote, Doctor Manette, shows otherwise.
While Darnay, Lucie's husband was in prison, Manette told Lucie about a window where Darnay may be able to see her from in the prison in the days awaiting his trial. As Lucie is standing there, a man who is a wood-sawyer begins to talk to Lucie about his saw and pretends it is a guillotine and each piece of wood he cuts is the head of a prisoner. A mob of people outside the prison were dancing a violent dance called the Carmagnole. This scene shows that people are becoming very violent and they have negative feelings towards prisoners. This scene could possibly foreshadow Darnay's fate.
The Death of Sydney Carton
You are very brave. You are a kind man. That family will forever be thankful for what you are doing for them.
Goodbye. Thank you for everything.
Madame Defarge, being the sister of the victims of the crime of the Evremondes, is hateful towards the family and wants to see every last relative of theirs gone. Lucie, being married to the son of one of the Evremonde brothers, is on Madame Defarge's hit-list along her daughter. Lucie, Darnay and their daughter were already fleeing the city, but Madame Defarge showed up to Lucie's home. There, Madame Defarge finds Miss Pross, who manages to fight her off and shoot her, resulting in her going deaf. This shows Miss Pross' loyalty to Lucie and her family, as she did not just reveal their location and let Madame Defarge get to them. She stuck up for the family, even at her own cost.
When Manette was in prison, he wrote a letter cursing the Evremondes and their descendants after the crimes they committed. The two brothers brought a dying women to him tht they had raped and a dying man to him who they fatally stabbed. Doctor Manette was not able to save either, and soon after he was brought to prison in the Bastille where he would stay for eighteen years. At Darnay's trial, this letter was found and Darnay was imprisoned. Manette feels horrible about this as he worked so hard to protect Darnay but his own actions came back to bite him.
Sydney Carton thought his life was a failure so he decided to strive to be a better person. He is in love with Lucie, and he said that he would even die for her. This becomes apparent when he essentially dies to give her happiness. Carton and Darnay look similar, so Carton schemed a plan to be executed instead of Darnay so Darnay would return to his family. In his final moments, a seamstress who is also being executed notices that he is not Darnay, and gives him a kiss as before she is executed. Carton is killed right after her.