Toot Essay

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“Constant goodness and purity can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, love and compassion bring people together, and often transform them.” –Albert Schweitzer. It is a central idea in our world that when an individual sows love and compassion for mankind, their actions will positively impact those around them, and they will most certainly reap the benefits. Although a person of this magnitude seems rare in our society today, in Charles Dickens’, A Tale of Two Cities, Lucie Manette is the embodiment of compassion for those around her. In the novel, those whom encounter Lucie view her as pure, noble, strong and loving, and through her endeavors as a compassionate young woman she brings her father peace, transforms various characters in the novel, and in return receives protection and devotion. Lucie’s acts of kindness drive characters to do great things, all the while she keeps both friends and family together and justly remains the “golden thread” that benevolently unites characters in the story. In the novel, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens portrays the character of Lucie Manette as a pillar of purity, nobility, compassion, and love which in turn allows her to transform those she encounters, revive them back to life, and do great things on her behalf.
In the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, Lucie Manette is the personification of a person who is truly kind and compassionate. More to the point, everything that Lucie does, is out of the goodness of her heart and for those around her, and consequently, everyone who meets her sees her as a beautiful, loving young woman. In the way she presents herself and acts, Lucie is all together divine. For example, the reader is able to see this side of Lucie when at the young age of merely eighteen, she’s asked to commit her life to her father, a man whom she’s never met. When Lucie meets her father, Doctor Manette, we see her in a loving light: “Her arms were now extending towards him, trembling with eagerness to lay the spectral face upon her warm young breast, and love it back to life and hope.” (Dickens 44). Lucie’s actions in this situation are notable for several reasons. First, Lucie spends no time at all pondering whether or not devoting her life to her unknown father is reasonable or not, she swiftly gives herself over to her father’s well-being. Lucie’s act of “extending [her arms] towards him”, symbolizes her accepting her duty to care for and love her father, which is further shown through her want to “love it [her father’s face] back to life and hope”. Not only does Lucie intend to watch over her father, she strives to do even more, to recall his “spectral face”, or ghost-like face, back to life, and fill him with hope for the future. All the while the driving force behind her actions is her love for her father, a man she does not know well at this point, but nevertheless loves deeply. Her attempt to guide her father out of insanity and back into the world again through the...

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