Throughout the book, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, the theme of sacrifice is used to help the reader realize the cost of life, as well as to develop the plot through the effects of those sacrifices. Through the characters of Miss Pross, Dr. Manette, and Sydney Carton the theme of sacrifice is developed.
Miss Pross was sacrificing her life day by day for Lucie to have a better life. Miss Pross devotes her life and her well being to Lucie, which is shown when Mr. Lorry describes Miss Pross’s devotion, “there is nothing better in the world than the faithful service of the heart; so rendered and so free from any mercenary taint” (87). Miss Pross sacrifices things everyday by simply being devoted to Lucie. She did everything she could so that Lucie could have the best possible life. Miss Pross sacrifices her hopes and dreams so that Lucie might have her own hopes and dreams fulfilled. Miss Pross did not have all the beauty and fortune in the world, but she lived so that Lucie might have those someday. Miss Pross’s devotion is demonstrated once again when she is described as:
One of those unselfish creatures found only among women who
will for pure love and admiration, bind themselves willing
slaves, to youth when they have lost it, to beauty that they never
had, to accomplishments that they were never fortunate enough
to gain and to bright hopes that never shined upon their own
Miss Pross's ultimate sacrifice of devotion was when she put her own life at risk to save Lucie's along with others, as she struggled with Madame Defarge to protect their safety. Because Miss Pross was diligent enough to make sure that Lucie's trip was safe; Lucie's life was saved, at what could have cost Miss Pross her life. By Miss Pross’s sacrifices for Lucie, Lucie's life was saved.
As well as Miss Pross, Dr. Manette also sacrifices much of his life by giving up his own personal goals and agenda