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A TALE OF TWO CITIES: The Power of Love

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Cassandra Tilleman

on 20 December 2013

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Transcript of A TALE OF TWO CITIES: The Power of Love

The Power of Love
The conviction one holds when driven by love cannot be matched by the inspiration of any other emotion.
"For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything." (147)
Here Carton is speaking to Lucie of the love he holds for her. More of a confession than a request for response, his monologue ends in a plead for her discretion, as well as the promise that for her (and anyone she loves) Carton would make any sacrifice. This is a foreshadowing of Sydney's action to come, concerning Lucie and someone indeed dear to her (Charles). Through this action Carton reveals himself as more than just a lousy drunk. He proves his true commitment in his love for Lucie.
"Defarge, that sister of the mortally wounded boy upon the ground was my sister, that husband was my sister's husband, that unborn child was their child, that brother was my brother, that father was my father, those dead are my dead, and that summons to answer for those things descends to me!" (330)
In this scene Madame Defarge defiantly scolds her husband for questioning her choices, as she explains that her thirst for the death of the Evremondes is due to the misdeeds committed to her family by a few under that name. Though dark and twisted, Madame Defarge was driven by love as much as Lucie and Sydney were. The loss of her kin turned her feeling for them into an angry, wrathful and deadly weapon. The desire for revenge burnt solely on the thought that the death of her loved ones would not go unsung; her family would not die in vain.
The Power of love in... TWILIGHT
(I'm truely sorry this movie was used as an example.)
1. A love like Charles and Lucie
2. A love like Madame Defarge's
1. In the first clip, Edward must suck Bella's blood to rid her body of a venom that will change her to a vampire. The only problem? Bella's blood is extra yummy to Edward, and the likelihood of him ceasing to feast once the poison is gone isn't very strong. Driven by his infatuation with Bella as a breathing girl rather then a withered skin, Edward finds the will power to resist the deliciousness. It reminds me of Sydney's unyielding love for Lucie. Both of these men would stop at nothing to keep their girls safe, even if sometimes the emotional distress the women face is collateral damage.
2. In the second clip, Victoria is seeking revenge for the death of her loved one James. As means of retribution, she is attacking Bella (so that Edward, the one who killed James, might suffer the same pain she did). It reminds me of Madame Defarge's thirst for revenge that was seemingly unable to be quenched. Both lost loved ones, and because of it sought to make those found as enemies suffer a similar situation of grief.
3. Victoria's love for James has driven her to create an entire, vampire army to take on the much more practiced (and intelligent) Cullen family. She fakes a love for her newborns, though in reality her only real desire is revenge; that her James may not of died in vain.
"As the concentrating expression returned to his forehead, he seemed to become conscious that it was in hers too. He turned her full to the light, and looked at her." (43)
In this scene, Lucie has just been reunited with her father after years of imprisonment. For the first time, Dr. Manette has a conversation that lasts longer then thirty seconds. If not for the constant condolence of Lucie's pure love, Manette wouldn't of made the miraculous recovery that he did. Her consistency of action led Manette to once again become the cunning person of prestige we see in the last half of a Tale of Two Cities.
For me, Stephanie Meyer (the author of Twilight) was in the first clip conveying Edwards final battle with his natural attraction to Bella, not as a woman he loves but as... well... a snack. As readers we're supposed to recognize the monumental moment as the final destruction of barriers separating Bella and Edward. Finally, Cullen will be able to trust himself around her. In the second clip Stephanie shows the state of chaotic mistrust and shallow deception a person on a mission of vengeance lives within. No one says it better than Confucius, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
The author's main claim is that a man was convicted this last week in California for running a "revenge-porn" website where ex-lovers can post embarrassing and explicit photos of their old girlfriends. In the article he sounds slightly disgusted by the thought that so many people would participate in such a graphic revenge as this. He includes quotes that degrade Kevin Bollaert (the man who ran the website), like the phrase from Kamala Harris that says, "he turned the public humiliation and betrayal of people whose photos were posted 'into a commodity'. " Also the one quote he includes from Bollaert makes him seem insincere in his apology as well as slightly stupid, and focus is placed on the people affected by these postings, as if to show the true impact Kevin's immoral site had in their lives. I agree with his opinion. No matter how angry or upset a past love has made you, no one deserves to be exposed that in depth on such a large scale.
What I have learned from this book, and the theme I chose, is that a good basis for action may be love, but the inspiration of love does not excuse all action. Just look at the book and we see Lucie and her tender love for her father. She was able to redefine his countenance, simply with the delicate splendor of her own. We see Carton and his infatuation with Lucie. He replaced personal interest with the desires of another, though he knew of the sure condemnation to come. These forms of love led the characters to grow beyond individual ambition. Contrary to that, Madame Defarge allowed herself to dive far below personal moral with only the feeble imitation of reprisal as a life vest. She was convinced her plot of extermination would finally return her mind to peace and appease the deaths of her family. Indeed she held a love for her kin similar to those of Lucie and Sydney, but the direction in which she allowed her love to take her was a complete misfire. She was sinking, drowning; consumed by incorrect assumption and fatal misjudgment.
Like Madame Defarge, Victoria allowed her vision to be clouded by the veil of vengeance. So intent on killing Bella, she spent her time completely involved with menial thoughts of revenge. She would've been grieving James properly, but instead Victoria placed sole focus on justice being served. In the end, just as Madame Defarge, Victoria was laid down in her grave without any satisfaction in knowing her enemy resided beneath the ground too.
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