July 27, 2008

In Love with Carton!

Posted in Books Reviews, English, Reflections at 10:11 am by Rou...

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character…?


Well… I have…


During my teenage phase I was so much in love with Sydney Carton, one of the main characters of Charles Dickens’ most favored books: A Tale of Two Cities.


Although generally speaking the novel is full of emotional themes and throughout its progress each and every character holds a special place, but Carton’s character remains to have its uniqueness among them…


Carton; that lazy alcoholic person who doesn’t have even the smallest interest in his life, but who gradually changes into an ideal person throughout the course of the novel… That rude lawyer by profession who reached a turning point and found a meaning to his life the moment he realized his love for Lucie Manette, and who later made his goal in life to make her happy; no matter what he had to do to achieve it… A selflessly devoted man who used to take every opportunity to declare that he care for nothing and no one, and who – to our own surprise – eventually was determined to give until he could give no more, going to the extremes of sacrificing and giving his life away by taking Charles Darnay’s place at the guillotine…


I remember in the movie “As good as it gets” there was a sentence that was said by Jack Nicolson as a way of explaining his love to Helen Hunt that said: “You make me want to be a better man!”… Well… I cannot find a better example of a person who was inspired to be a “better man” than Sydney’s case with Lucie… A man who was recalled to life… and who truly changed for the sake of his love… a change that reached its peak with his ultimate sacrifice for her happiness at the end of the novel…


To cut a long story short, no character in this book sacrificed as much as Sydney Carton did… He died not for his own benefit, but to make a difference in the lives of others…


Isn’t he adorable…? J


So, what about you…?

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character and would really like to have as a life partner…?  





  1. Carton said,

    i am so happy that someone feel and care Sydney Carton cos i am Sydney Carton.

  2. Rou... said,

    Thanks for passing by! 🙂

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