Theme Analysis

Carton's Vision of the Future

Work Time

Stay in your small group and turn to the vision that Carton has for the future in the final moments of the novel, from “I see Barsad” until the end. Discuss these questions.

  • What is the future Carton sees for the Revolutionaries? For France?
  • What is the future he sees for Lucie and her family? Who is the child with Carton’s name? What is the “better place”?
  • What is the impact on the novel of this “flash forward” into the future? Do you think it is effective?

Once you have considered all of these questions, decide as a class: is Carton a hero? Should he, perhaps, have allowed Darnay to die and tried to marry Lucie?