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Women characters have very strong roles in the novel A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens. The strongest female characters in the novel are Lucie Manette, Miss Pross, and Madame Defarge. They all have strong roles and are strong characters but their strengths are depicted in different ways. Madame Defarge is seen as physically strong and ruthless, Lucie is seen as emotionally strong and very compassionate, and Miss Pross is seen as very protective and devoted. All of these female characters play very important roles in the book. Lucie Manette is very strong she has to be for her father Dr. Manette who is not. He is traumatized from being imprisoned for 18 years in solitary confinement. This has had a huge impact on him mentally and physically. “He had a white beard, raggedly cut, but not very long, a hollow face, and exceedingly bright eyes”(48). “His lips were of the same pale lead colour” (49). He had even forgotten how to socialize. “He had lost the habit of associating place with sound; he never spoke, without first wandering in this manner, and forgetting to speak” (48). Lucie is shown as very dantie and beautiful. “As his eyes rested on a short slight, pretty figure, a quantity of golden hair, a pair of blue eyes…” (29). Even with her small size she is still one of the strongest characters in the novel. Her compassion is one of the things that makes her strong. She saves her father from his depression and traumatization. She saw him at his worst and not even having met him before stuck by his side until he was better. Without her Dr. Manette would still probably be making shoes and suffering. Madame Defarge is at first shown as very quiet, but towards the end turns into a whole new violent and ruthless character. She is strong but not in the same way Lucie is. Madame Defarge is the complete opposite she is cruel especially during the revolution. She is very assertive and has a huge leadership role for the women in the revolution.  “”To me, women!” cried madame his wife. “What! We can kill as as well as the men when the place is taken!” And to her, with a shrill thirsty cry, trooping women variously armed, but all armed alike in hunger and revenge (215). She is very overpowering especially with her husband. He is definitely the submissive in their  relationship. Madame Defarge is ruthless when it comes to Charles Darnay just because he was born to an aristocratic family. She tries to do everything in her power which she has a lot of to get him and his family killed. “It was nothing to her, that an innocent man was to die for the sins of his forefathers; she saw, not him, but them. It was nothing to her, that his wife was to be made a widow and his daughter and orphan; that was insignificant punishment because they were her natural enemies and her pray, and as such had no right to live” (354). Madame Defarge is a very strong woman and character, but she is physically strong but is a great leader. Miss Pross is the last main strong character in the novel. She is a single women and has basically taken lucie as her own. She is a very proud women especially about her English blood and culture. So much that she won’t even learn another language she says it’s nonsense. She is very protective over lucie and in the end sacrificed her own hearing for lucie’s life. She loses her hearing when Madame Defarge comes to their home looking for Lucie and her daughter. Miss Pross of course does not tell her and they get into a fight and in the end Madame Defarge ends up getting shot and killed by Miss Pross. That act of not telling madame defarge and protecting Lucie shows how selfless and strong Mrs. Pross was. The female characters in the novel were all strong. They have been shown in different ways and had different strengths, but they were all strong in their own way. They played major roles in the novel and without them the novel would not have been what it was. They made the book a great read and having strong female characters benefited A Tale of Two Cities greatly.

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