In honor of Celebrating Dickens, I thought that I would do my first Character Thursday link-up with Fanda. I mentioned previously that I love A Tale of Two Cities. I have taught it and read it often. My favorite character in the book is Sydney Carton. I thought he was appropriate to talk about with this being Valentine's Day and all.
When the book opens, Sydney seems a lot like what we would affectionately call a nerd. He is very smart, but not socially confident in himself. He doesn't put himself in the spotlight and just prefers to stay in the background. We first meet him when he is defending Charles Darney, and they look very similar to each other--which actually helps them win the case.
Carton seems to change as he falls in love with Lucie Manette. He was a very selfish, self-pity kind of guy. But in telling Lucie of his feelings for her--he really opens up and tells her that he would do anything for her or those that she loves. That chance comes as Darney is accused again and faces death. Sydney convinces Darney to change places with him so that it is not Charles that is killed. As Charles escapes to be with Lucie, Carton is beheaded at the guillotine.
I love Sydney Carton as a character, because he is so willing to sacrifice. Love really changes him and it shows us that even some people can surprise us in life. A great lesson on a Valentine's Day like this.