More coursework: 1 - A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I - J | K - L | M | N - O | P - S | T | U - Y

A tale of two cities dr alexandre manette

A Tale Of Two Cities: Dr. Alexandre Manette

Dr. Alexandre Manette the great survivor of the Bastille and father to

Lucie Manette. Dr.Manette is the most important character in the book.

Throughout the book he is the stories backbone. Few subplots ignore Manette.

Dr. Manette loves his daughter. She is the world to him, without her he

would still be a crazed old man. Dr. Manette's love for his daughter is clear

throughout the story he expresses his thought verbally. When his daughter Lucie

is married he tells her "Consider how natural and how plain it is, my dear, that

it should be so. You, devoted and young, cannot fully appreciate the anxiety I

have felt that your life should not be wasted."1 Dr.Manette is a very caring man.

Caring, that is the one adjective I would use to describe Dr.Manette.

As I said before Dr.Manette loves his daughter. Lucie Manette is his

driving force. Dr.Manette wants little except for his daughter to live a full

and happy life and himself to be a part of it. His desire to be a part of Lucie

life makes it hard for him to give her up to Charles Darnay. After the wedding

Dr.Manette says "Take her, Charles. She is yours."2 He does so with a quite


A huge portion of the story revolves about Dr.Manette's past suffering in

the Bastille. The Doctors Bastille time is pure hell. Ever after being freed he

still mumbles crazy things such as "It is a lady's shoe. It is a young lady's

walking-shoe. It is in the present mode. I have had a pattern in my hand."3

Outbursts such as that show that he is not nor may he ever heal his scars.

Though the book starts after his imprisonment, his Bastille time contains his

actions that effects the stories plot the most. The action that truly stands out

is his writing and hiding of the letter that later convicts Charles Darnay. The

exposure of the letter during the trail is in my opinion the most interesting

twist in A Tale Of Two Cities.

Dr.Manette has few contacts with the Defarges however in my opinion the

doctors main conflict is with them. In the Defarge's quest for vengeance against

the Evermondes they come upon apposing paths with the doctor. The Defarges want

Darnay dead. The doctor can not let Darnay die for he has become a large part of

his daughters life. The death of Darnay would bare heavily on Lucie's shoulders.

We see this when Lucie pleas with Madam Defarge commanding "You will be good to

my poor husband. You will do him no harm. You will help me to see him if you


I did not really like the character Dr.Manette. Not because he was a bad

person, I just didn't think he was that interesting. I found him dull. I think

the fact that I have grown up seeing characters like the Doctor on TV and in

movies may have caused my feelings. I need characters that are more original

(Dr.Manette of course is one of the originals). I think the books opening line "

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."5 sums up my feelings about

reading this book.

1Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities, 1859, p.188

2Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities, 1859, p.194

3Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities, 1859, p.49

4Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities, 1859, p.265

5Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities, 1859, p.13


Dickens, Charles. A Tale Of Two Cities. Signet Classic, 1859.

About this resource

This coursework was submitted to us by a student in order to help you with your studies.

Search our content:

  • Download this page
  • Print this page
  • Search again

  • Word count:

    This page has approximately words.



    If you use part of this page in your own work, you need to provide a citation, as follows:

    Essay UK, A Tale Of Two Cities Dr Alexandre Manette. Available from: <> [25-05-20].

    More information:

    If you are the original author of this content and no longer wish to have it published on our website then please click on the link below to request removal: