The following sample essay On Importance Of Duty. The sacrifice of Sydney Carton is an example of tremendous loyalty to Lucie and her family. Carton loves Lucie so much that he willingly gives up his life to save her husband, Charles Darnay. “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything. ” Carton single-handedly thinks up a plan and arranges that he replaces Darnay at the guillotine. Carton’s love for Lucie eventually makes him a better person, knowing that he will save Darnay radically changes him, “For the first time in many years, he had no strong drink.
” Even Mr. Lorry notices the change in him “His manner was so fervent and inspiring,”
For the first time Carton feels like his life may have a purpose and could be useful “Of little worth as life is when we misuse it,” (p322)Carton’s loyalty to Lucie is extremely important for him, in choosing to die for her, Carton not only enables their happiness but also ensures his spiritual rebirth.
“It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done, it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” We can see through all these characters how important loyalty and duty is. For some people like Carton and Miss Pross, it provides a purpose in life. For others such as Dr. Manette, Lucie and Darnay, duty is what they feel is the right thing to do. Overall, Dickens shows us that duty and loyalty can make you a better person and that sometimes sacrifice is necessary to achieve happiness or to produce something good.