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Les Miserables and Tale of Two Cities
Transcript of Les Miserables and Tale of Two Cities
Comparisons and Contrasts
Themes and Characters
The novel and the movie had many similar themes as well as characters. The similar characters helped portray the same themes throughout the book and movie.
In the end both the book and the movie are very similar. They share the same themes with almost identical characters.
Two characters, one from each book, were resurrected. They each spent a long time in jail for a small crime and when they got out, they changed both physically but, also mentally.
Sacrifice is another theme that is shown throughout the movie and the novel. They both have characters willing to sacrifice their lives for something that they care about.
Revenge is another theme in a Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables. The revolutionaries in the book and movie both want to bring down the king.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Jean Val Jean Vs. Dr. Manette
Both characters demonstrate resurrection but, there are differences between their resurrections too. They each spent almost 20 years in jail and, when they got out they were resurrected. Although Dr. Manette didn't commit a crime Jean Val Jean did, even if it was minor. Dr. Manette also had Mr.Lorry and Lucie to help "Recall him back to life" while Jean Val Jean only had the priest. Dr. Manettes's resurrection consisted of him becoming mentally stable once again while Jean Val Jean felt like he was resurrected to do good for others.
Sydney Carton Vs. Enjolras and the revolutionaries
Sydney Carton and Enjolras, and the rest of the revolutionaries, were willing to sacrifice their lives for something they cared about more than themselves. The revolutionaries in Les Miserables sacrificed their lives trying to end the monarchy while Carton sacrificed himself so, Lucie could have the life she loved.
Two other characters that showed sacrifice were Marius and Charles Darnay. Both were young french aristocrats that gave up their fortunes and family to support republicanism. Marius actually fought during the revolution while Darnay left paris before the revolution.
Tale of Two Cities Revolutionaries vs. Les Miserables Revolutionaries
Both groups had the same idea in mind, ending monarchy. In A Tale of Two Cities though the Defarge's and others did much more plotting for revenge against the aristocrats.“It is a long time,” repeated his wife; “and when is it not a long time? Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.” (180) .In Les Miserables they planned the attack but it wasn't as well thought out as it could have been. Also in A Tale of Two Cities the revolutionaries stook together unlike the ones in Les Miserables where some ran away.
Marius vs. Darnay