The Nature of Love: Sydney Carton in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Jay Gatsby in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Maria Boshra Chowdhury, Md. Ziaul Haque


This article makes a comparative study of “A Tale of Two Cities” and “The Great Gatsby” and evaluates the genuine love of Sydney Carton and Jay Gatsby for their beloveds. Sydney Carton and Jay Gatsby are the two main characters in “A Tale of Two Cities” and “The Great Gatsby”. This paper examines their nature of love under certain contexts. In the final analysis, it will be cleared that the authentic love of Sydney Carton and Jay Gatsby to their heroines Lucie Manette and Daisy Buchanan are rare in this modern world. They present passion, responsibility, respect, understanding, desire, liability, love, concern, feelings, etc., to their heroines. Both of them lead a troublesome life as they struggle, survive, and sacrifice for Lucie and Daisy a lot. From this, we can understand that only desire cannot create love. Here, the real meaning and nature of love will be discussed in the view of the two texts. Examining these, we can understand the meaning of love that helps us to differentiate between real love and fake love and the significance of actual love. By this, it can instruct people to become honest in their love by having true feelings which we can call genuine love. The study tries to discover many similarities and dissimilarities between both the characters, Sydney Carton and Jay Gatsby. Indeed, their nature of love and deeds make them extraordinary.

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