Response Constructor Select a character that has deliberately sacrificed, surrendered, or forfeited something in a way that highlights that character’s values. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how the particular sacrifice illuminates the character’s values and provides a deeper understanding of the meaning of the work as a whole. Character: Thesis: Theme: A single character from the novel that you will use to answer this question due to the significance of sacrifice(s) and corresponding values. Explicitly answers the question by identifying what values are highlighted by character’s sacrifice(s). A clear statement that explicitly presents a greater understanding inferred through the commentary of sacrifice and values. Dr. Manette Charles Dickens, through Dr. Manette’s forfeiture of safety, illustrates how much the doctor values the pursuit of justice, an endeavor to ensure that right prevails over wrong. Each invidious event’s corresponding outcome, consequences stripping away Dr. Manette’s sanity and well-being, convey the notion that acts of injustice, through tempering the morals of the victims, may forge greater resiliency to overcome future tests to an individual's principles. Sydney Carton Topic Sentence Explicitly states the values held by the character based upon sacrifice. Evidence Specific details or events that relate to the sacrifice. Commentary Part 1: Explain how the evidence reveals the value reflective of the sacrifice. Part 2: Explicitly connects the commentary to the theme statement. Dr. Manette’s sacrifice of safety when trying to reveal the misdeeds of the Evremonde brothers makes clear the value he sees in pursuing justice for those wronged. After offering medical aid to a clearly distraught abuse victim and observing the deceased form of said woman’s brother, Dr. Manette writes a letter identifying the Evremonde brothers as the culprits behind the heinous crimes. Part 1: Through this act of reporting a crime by the aristocracy in efforts to bring them to justice, Dr. Manette sacrifices his safety, knowingly making an enemy of more powerful individuals, men already demonstrating that they care little for the health and well-being of anyone they perceive as inferior. Seeing first-hand the destruction the Evremondes leave in their wake, Dr. Manette does not sway from his path, ultimately being rewarded with an unjust imprisonment in the Bastille in lieu of the justice he seeks. Part 2: Even in this first act of defiance, in the hopes of upholding justice and his morals, Dr. Manette shows an inner strength that Dickens carefully tempers through further acts of sacrifice once freed from his prison. Though he fractures while imprisoned, Dr. Manette’s resiliency demonstrates the power that hardships have to fortify the resolve of those willing to be tested. DON’T ● Use First-Person (I, Me, My) ● Compliment the novel or the author: “The brilliant Charles Dickens.” or “The masterpiece that is A Tale of Two Cities.” ● Leave your introduction without a clear thesis: “Sydney Carton makes the ultimate sacrifice in the novel showing the reader what he truly values.” or “Charles Darnay escapes France to London where he finds something more valuable than the riches he left behind.” ● Leave your introduction without a clear theme statement: “Sacrifice can teach us a great deal about justice.” or “Dickens shows the reader an important message about sacrifice.” ● Have more evidence than commentary. ● Retell the major events of the novel without discussing the significance in a meaningful way. ● Discuss tangents unless they hold significance to the argument that you are trying to make/prove.