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jessica greene

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By: Jessica Greene Comparison of Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables Comparison 1:
Sins of the Fathers Comparison 2:
Blood in the streets Both Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables compare with their scenes of the blood on the streets. In Tale of Two Cities, there was the wine which was spilled in Book One, and that represented the blood and how the peasants were bloodthirsty and truculent. Tale of Two cities quotes in Book One, "...scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees--BLOOD. The time was to come, when that wine too would be spilled on the street-stones, and when the stain of it would be red upon many there" (Dickens 30). Then later in Book Two, the blood poisoned the fountain water. The mender of the roads tells Monsieur Defarge, "He is hanged there forty feet high--and is left hanging, poisoning the water" (Dickens 173). In Book Three, the peasants were covered in blood when they went to the grindstone. "The eye could not detect one creature in the group free from the smear of blood" (Dickens 267). Also when the heads rolled from the guillotine there was blood in the streets. In Les Miserables, when the war went on, there was blood from the people who got shot, then the peasants were cleaning up the blood in the morning after. Both stories show how people were killed and their blood was shed in the streets. Conclusion... Both Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables share multiple comparisons and symbols. The main symbols that they share would be the sins of the fathers, blood in the streets, and sacrifice. These comparisons make the stories incredibly similar, even in different time periods. Also, with the wars and killings going on, love ties everything together in these novels. Lucie's love for Charles Darnay and her father, and Cosette's love for Marius and her father. All this makes up the stories, and how they all come together in the end. Comparion 3:
Sacrifice Both Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables reflect how people sacrifice for the ones they love. In Tale of Two Cities Sydney Carton had loved Lucie, the daughter of Dr. Manette, but he let Lucie marry Charles Darnay instead. Later in the book, Charles Darnay was going to be killed, but Sydney Carton gave Charles drugs and switched clothes. Before Darnay knew what was going on, he was back with Lucie. Before the day that Sydney Carton was to be killed, a little girl asked "Are you dying for him (Darnay)?" and Sydney Carton responds, "And his wife and child. Hush! Yes" (Dickens 360). The next day Sydney Carton was killed by the guillotine. He sacrificed his life so Lucie could be happy. Les Miserables has sacrifices of its own also. Eponine is a girl who was in love with Marius, but Marius thought they were just friends, and fell in love with Cosette. Jean Valjean and Cosette lived in a small house and were going to be robbed, but Eponine screamed scaring the robbers away. Later on, there was a war. Eponine knew she could not get Marius, so she acted as a boy and helped. When the other side started to attack, they were going to shoot Marius. Eponine stepped right in the way of the bullet to sacrifice her life for Marius, the one she loved. She sacrificed her life so Marius could be with Cosette, just like Sydney Carton sacrificed his life for Lucie and Charles. Thesis: Les Miserables and Tale of Two Cities have many connections and symbols between each other, and some of those would be the sins of the fathers, blood on the streets, and sacrifice. The sins of the fathers are extremely important in both Tale of Two Cities and Les Miserables. In Les Miserables, Jean Valjean is the father-like figure for Cosette, the little girl who lost her mother, Fantine. Jean Valjean was a slave, who had finally got his freedom after stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family. He was supposed to check in with authorities after he was freed, but he tore up his slave papers, and became the Mayor of the town eight years later. Nobody would have wanted a criminal, or a person who stole, to work for them. In the mean time, nobody knew where Jean Valjean went, and he if he was ever found, he could have been thrown back in jail.
The other ingenuous father would be Dr. Manette in Tale of Two Cities. Dr. Manette was in jail for 18 years, and never knew that he had a daughter until she came to him one day. He was mentally ill, and could not stop making shoes. After she finally took him away, she helped him get better. He started to live with his daughter and their maid/caretaker. Then they went to France where Dr. Manette's secret came out which almost got his daughter's husband killed. In Book Three, it is announced "...Death within four-and-twenty hours!" (Dickens 338).Dr. Manette and Jean Valjean compare to how they do have sins, and they both have daughters that they care about extremely. Jean Valjean Eponine Marius On the way to war-Marius Cosette
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