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Sydney Carton, one of the most dynamic characters in the novel A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, believes he is unworthy at the beginning of the novel, simply, because that is what he is told. Carton’s partner in court, C.J. Stryver, takes all the credit for his hard work and accomplishments, making him feel used and unworthy. Carton also feels unworthy when he can’t win the love of Lucie. At the end of the book, Carton finds his reason in life–he does biblically-sized things for the good of those he loves, even though he is not exactly religious. When someone is told a lie so many times, it becomes part of his/her truth. This happens to Sydney Carton when his colleague Stryver or “the lion” takes advantage of him: “The lion took it with care and caution, made this selection 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 meditate.” (95) Carton does all the thinking while Stryver, his “friend,” takes all the credit for being an intelligent legal mind. Carton and Stryver have known each other since school, and even then Carton supported Stryver by writing his term papers. Carton actually did everyone else’s homework besides his own. Though Stryver never tells Carton he is worthless, he uses him so much, it makes him feel worthless. During the court case, Stryver is the one talking while he uses Carton’s notes to defend Darnay. “Something especially reckless in his demeanor not only gave him disreputable look, but so diminished the stronger resemblance he undoubtedly bore to the prisoner (which his momentary earnestness, when they were compared together, had strengthened), that many of the lookers-on, taking note of him now said to one another they would hardly have thought the two were so alike” (83). Carton realizes he and Darnay look alike, and that can be used to prove he is innocent. Even though Carton is the one who figures this out (which does save Darnay), he feels he has been so used he can’t stand up in court and present his knowledge, so he gives it to Stryver to say: “. . . wrote a word or two on a little piece of paper, screwed it up, and tossed it to him” (81). After court, the men go out to celebrate. While out to eat, Carton talks highly about Lucie and calls her a “fair young lady” (90). Both men drink, but when Stryver drinks he gets useless, whereas Carton thinks better. He puts on his thinking towels, stays up all night, and does Stryver’s work. “. . . the jackal loosened his dress, went into an adjoining room, and came back with a large jug of cold water, a basin, and a towel or two. Steeping the towels in the water, and partially wringing them out, he folded them on his head and in a manner hideous to behold, sat down at the table, and said, ‘Now I am ready!'” Stryver uses Carton which makes Carton feel worthless, but not as much as Lucie does. Carton loves Lucie and wants to be with her, but she wants to be with Charles Darnay. Though the one person who gives Carton purpose doesn’t want to be with him, he still loves her deeply. Carton tells Lucie, “I would embrace any sacrifice for you and for those dear to you” (156). When Carton talks about himself it is almost always negative; for example, Carton says, “I am a disappointed drudge . . . no man on earth cares for me” (91). At this point he feels as though no one can save him. When Lucie and Darnay get married, Carton realizes his chances to be with Lucie are officially gone, but his love for her continues on.When Darnay is supposed to be killed at the guillotine, Carton finally realizes his own point in life–his worth. He comes up with a complete plan to trade places with Darnay. When Darnay slightly refuses and questions his plan, Carton says, “You have no time to ask me . . . I have no time to tell you. You must comply with it . . .” (343).It is sad to say, but perhaps it is only in the sacrifice of his own life that Carton can establish his life’s worth. “The door closed, and Carton was left alone . . . Breathing more freely in a little while, he sat down at the table, and listened again until the clock struck two” (346). Deep down, Carton is acceptable in what he is doing because he loves Lucie so much. He would do anything for her, and that is his worth.Carton is not religious, but every once in a while he finds peace in all his worthlessness by believing in something bigger than himself. Carton quotes the Bible (John 11:25) by saying, “I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die” (309). Again, Carton finds peace within himself before being killed at the guillotine. He says, “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from the abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long long years to come, I see the evil of this and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually waking expiation for itself and wearing out” (366). Sydney Carton is one of the most dynamic characters in the book A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. In the beginning he feels worthless, but at the end of the story he finds his worth. He pushes through all the worthlessness by believing in something bigger than himself and because of his love for Lucie.