The character of Charles Darnay

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Sketch the character of Charles Darnay.

 The Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a remarkable work by the Victorian novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870). In the Novel, Charles Darnay is the protagonist and a French aristocrat of royal birth people. He dislikes his family surname because of his father and uncle’s inhumane, cruel caste system.

Soft-hearted person: Charles Darnay disobeys his family title and comes to England from Paris. In England, he leads his life as a common or working-class person. He does not like the overall system in France. In France, the aristocrats manipulate the poor and do all kinds of wrongs to them. So, he denounces his Evremonde inheritance and makes his own living in England as a tutor. 

Fall in love with Lucie Manette: In England, Darnay falls in love with Lucie and marries her with her father’s consent. He shows admirable honesty when he reveals to Doctor Manette his true identity as a member of the Evrémonde family. He is also very sympathetic and courageous. In his conjugal life, he and his wife lead a peaceful time and make a great husband.

Great sympathy for his family’s servant: Darnay is a brave person in the novel. He goes to France to save his family servant, Gabelle when he writes a letter to Darnay requesting him to save him from his danger.  But it’s sorrowful when Charles returns to Paris to rescue him.  He is arrested and imprisoned on the charge of being an emigrant. Though he is released after fifteen months, he is re-arrested. 

Lucky character: Charles Darnay is a very lucky character in the novel. On the trial, he is sentenced to death and is ordered to be executed within the next twenty-four hours. But he is saved through the supreme sacrifice of Sydney Carton, who saves Charles Darnay and is executed in place of Charles.

In termination, we can say that Charles Darnay is the novel’s most significant and ideal character. Though he is of royal birth people, he always supports common or working-class people. So, he is a great ideal man and a faithful husband.