Foils in A Tale of Two Cities: Charles vs. Sydney

Foils in A Tale of Two Cities: Charles vs. Sydney
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Foils are used in all types of literature. A character that exhibits opposite or conflicting traits to another character is called a foil. Foil characters can be antagonists, but not always. Sometimes, foils will even be other characters alongside the protagonist. Learn more about teaching foil characters with Storyboard That.




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Character Foils in A Tale of Two Cities: Charles vs. Sydney

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  • CHARLES DARNAY
  • MAIN CHARACTER
  • Moral and honorable
  • Kind and good
  • Handsome and well-put together
  • SYDNEY CARTON
  • FOIL CHARACTER
  • Handsome and disheveled
  • Complacent and confused
  • Good, but kind mostly only to Lucie
  • Charles Darnay rejects his family in the name of honor. He desires to right by everyone, including Lucie and Dr. Manette. He wins Lucie's heart with his kind demeanor and gentle goodness.
  • Optimistic
  • Seems to have it all; seizes opportunities
  • Sydney Carton is handsome and incredibly intelligent; however, he feels as if he hasn't done anything substantial with his life. He thinks Lucie might be the answer to solve his life's problems, but she's in love with Charles.
  • Watches life pass him by; wishes he knew what to do with opportunities
  • Depressed and pessimistic
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