Sydney Carton By: Emily Horvath and sydney howard



"He had that rather wild, strained, seared marking about the eyes, which may be observed in all free livers of his class, from the portrait of Jeffries downward, and which can be traced, under various disguises of Art, through the portraits of every Drinking Age." Book 2 chapter 5 The Jackal

"At length the jackal had got together a compact repast for the lion, and proceeded to offer it to him. The lion took it with care and caution, made his selections from it, and his remarks upon it, and the jackal assisted both. When the repast was fully discussed, the lion put his hands in his waistband again, and lay down to mediate." Book 2 chapter 5 The Jackal

"I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me." Book 2 chapter 4 Congratulatory Life, Conscience, and Existence


Here you can see how Sydney's ethics are bad. He believes that he is a natural fit for his nickname, "The Jackal" and behaves just as one would, sneaky and a trickster. However, later on in the novel he proves to be morally better than his "lion" (Stryver).

This quote is another example of how Carton and Stryver's ethics match those of a jackal and lion. We can see here that Carton is morally strong minded and does most of the thinking but takes little credit.

Our last quote shows how Sydney has no hope for his future causing readers to believe that he himself believes his morals have lead him down a bad path and will therefore never deserve Lucie. However, in the future Sydney's morals change as he is willing to sacrifice his life for Lucie's happiness.

Wise or Unwise

Throughout A Tale of Two Cities Sydney Carton makes many good and bad decisions. In the beginning he made the unwise decision to let Stryver take control of his life even though throughout their work together Carton was always the smarter of the two. He chose to live in Stryver's shadow even though by himself he could have been even more successful.

In this quote he shows that he regrets letting Stryver take control. "...a man winning his way up in that path of life which was once mine. I see him winning it so well, that my name is made illustrious thereby the light of his...."

But as the story continues he began to develop and as he fell in love with Lucie he realized that he wanted to be a better man. This is when he makes his wise choice to sacrifice himself so that his love can be happy. He trades places with Charles Darnay in prison and takes his death sentence so that Lucie and little Lucie can be happy.

Here he says that he knows that this is the right choice for him to be a good person and to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves. "It is a far better things that I do, thanks I have ever done; it is a far,far better rest I go to than I have ever known."


How Dickens views Sydney

Dickens has a negative attitude towards Sydney Carton. You can indirectly see this through his use of the nickname "the jackal." By giving Carton such a negative nickname the readers can tell Sydney is not particularly Dickens' favorite character. The author describes Carton in a negative manner which leads the reader to believe he does not like him.

How others view Sydney

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