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.
Character Foils in A Tale of Two Cities: Charles vs. Sydney
Moral and honorable
Kind and good
Handsome and well-put together
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.
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