A Tale of Two Cities


"Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt" (Daniel 12:2). This is basically the definition or example of what resurrection is. This was shown when the Lord told this quote to Daniel. Although in A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, resurrection isn't literally used as being awoken from the dead, but certain areas of this resurrection are certainly related. Not only is resurrection shown to the reader on a physical level as the Bible shows it, but it is also shown through spiritually and mentally. Several characters are examples to these three different parts of resurrection. Charles Dickens uses resurrection in his novel, A Tale of Two Cities, to give the reader enlightenment and break, due to the horrible time period and bloody nature, during the revolutionary time period, the novel takes place in.
Many individuals will say that resurrection is another word for being "Recalled to Life," as in the title of book one. Being "Recalled to Life," can be shown on a mental, physical, and spiritual level, just the same as resurrection. Dickens gives the reader a taste of being "Recalled to Life," right off the bat, when Mr. Lorry, in his stagecoach, is set out for Dover to bring Dr. Manette back to England, sends Jerry Cruncher to Tellson's Bank with the message, "Recalled to Life." Then as the coach lurches on towards its destination, he falls asleep and dreams. "After such imaginary discourse, the passenger inhis fancy would dig, and dig, dig, --now, with a spade, now with a great key, now with his hands-to dig this wretched creature out" (p.47). Not only is the term "Recalled to Life" used towards the beginning of the book, but the term is also used threoughout the novel.
Due to Dr. Mannette's rescue, he is a definate example of being "Recalled to Life." He has been in prison for nearly eighteen full years of mental torment and when he got out, he was asked the question, "you know that you are recalled to life" (p.46). Due to Manette's mental and spiritual resurrection from his imprisonment, he no longer calls or refers to himself as "105 North Tower" (p.73). Although he knew he had a daughter, he never had a relationship with her. He is spiritually resurrected with his daughter when they first meet. She, Lucie Manette, forms a relationship with him, which makes Dr. Manette never want to leave her. "The Doctor was in his best condition, and looked specially young. The resemblence between him and Lucie was very strong at such times, and as they sat side by side, she leaning on his shoulder, and he resting his arm on the back of her chair, it was very agreeable to trace the likeness" (p.130). Not only does Lucie spiritually resurrect her father, but she also mentally resurrects him. Throughout the novel, Dr. Manette has gone through several mental tragic time periods. It seems that the only one to revive him to his normal health was his daughter Lucie.
In the novel, Dickens uses Jerry Cruncher to give the reader some laughter. He is taken as humorous character, which gives the readers a definate break in the Victorian Times. Jerry, a man with not too many feelings, he, at first, has his own way of resurrection. To be physically resurrected would be to actually be taken by hand and be removed from the dead, and this is exactly what Jerry does. Dickens refers to Jerry as-a man that digs up bodies for a living-as being a "Resurrection Man." Dickens refers to him as a "Resurrection Man" because during the Victorian Times, when the revolution took place, people who dug up graves would be called "Resurrection Men." To Jerry and his son he is only going, so called "fishing," at midnight. What Jerry is actually doing is resurrecting dead individuals physically by hand. Due to being a poor man, this is the only way he can make his money. He takes all the rich valuables from the graves and sells the bodies to scientists to work on.
There were also two characters that took part in a spiritual resurrection. John Barsad and Roger Cly both faked their deaths due to not getting physically killed by their duties of being spies. To Jerry, he thought that