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FC: Martin and The French Revolution

1: The French Revolution began in 1789 and lasted until 1799 and was a time of great upheaval, both socially and politically, due to the intriguing notion of "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity." This change was true in the history of France as well as the rest of Europe. Prior the revolution, the structure of the French government was an absolute monarchy. The Catholic clergy and aristocracy enjoyed feudal privileges. However, this changed radically and had the principles of Enlightenment as the basis such as the rights of citizens, citizenship, and nationalism. Tragically, these changes were brought about through violent turbulence which included executions by the thousands with the use of the notorious guillotine along with repression. This was especially true during the Reign of Terror, as well as military conflict, which involved all other European powers. | Some of the later events that can be linked back to the French Revolution are: the Napoleonic Wars, the monarchy being restored, and two more revolutions. France, as we know it today, eventually emerged from the revolution too.

2: It all started, one simple and blissful morning in France. Alphonse was out hunting with his father, who had been training with the army recently, when he spotted tiny footprints in the snow. Only 8 years old, Alphonse asked his father what made them. The Laroche's were of the second estate and lived quite prosperously because they were born into the class of "Nobles of the Swords" so they were able to explore as often as they pleased. His father bends down and tells him that a tiny little critter called a pine marten made these very tracks not too long ago. "How do you know that?" asked Alphonse. Carefully taking his pointer finger, his father lightly places it in the snow. "It feels warmer daddy." Dad replies, "That's right. See, that's how we know he was just here." His father arose and called Alphonse to continue hunting. Alphonse however, wasn't interested in hunting right now, he scrambled to his feet and followed the tracks until he stumbled upon a tiny, cocoa brown creature rolled into a ball. The tracks had stopped right by it and he realized that that must be the marten his father was speaking about. Alphonse gestures kindly for the critter to come closer, a bond was immediately formed between the two. Alphonse cradled it in his arms and ran to his father telling him what happened.

3: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | His father gave in to letting him keep the little animal. They finished hunting and came back home. Alphonse says, "I'm going to call you Martin and we're going to be best friends!" Martin followed Alphonse everywhere and learned everything that he knew. Until one day, the Laroche's left for a meeting in town for politics and Martin escaped to begin adventuring...

4: Peasant: The 3rd Estate deserves better! Our leaders are corrupt! Reformation! | Leader: Sit Down Sir! I'm in charge here, not you!

5: It was a summer morning in June and Martin quietly sat back watching as Alphonse hurried out the door behind his father. Having not been parted from his master before, Martin grew increasingly anxious minute by minute until he couldn't stand it any longer. Leaping from the windowsill, he squeezed past the crack of the open door. Being sure to stay in the shadows where no one could see him, he sprinted through the back allies of the town until he caught up to Alphonse. Noticing that he was not hidden too well, he slyly crept through the shadows until he came to the building that Alphonse disappeared into. Flicking his head left and right like a whip, he peeks inside a cracked window. Martin jumps through and perches on the ledge, listening and watching everything that was happening. The chatter between hundreds of people was like an earthquake inside Martin's head. Suddenly silence fell upon the crowd and a man was standing in front of a desk. The meeting was called to order, but within a few moments an outburst begins.

6: A vote was asked of each estate and once again, the third estate "peasants" were overruled. Just like that, the meeting was adjourned and many people pushed out through the doors. Recognizing that it was his time to leave Martin scuttled down, but something was different. Martin felt that the peasants were right, they SHOULD be treated more fairly. This gave him a great idea, he wanted to follow them to see what would happen. He knew he couldn't possibly help them, but his curiosity flourished and he couldn't say no to this opportunity.

8: The sky was burning with rage, among the furious crowd of peasants Martin peered through the bushes from afar and gazed as the mob banged on the doors of the rendezvous. Their attempts led to failure when they realized they've been locked out. Severely livid, the cloud of people broke down the doors to one of the upperclassman's tennis courts and held their meeting there instead. Captivated in the mosh of excitement, Martin gracefully plopped his body on the nearest shelf concentrating on what was being said.

9: we, peasants united, pledge not to discard until the constitution is written, do you not agree?!")

10: News had been spreading that bread's price was skyrocketing. Tension between the throng of people spread to new heights until they couldn't take it anymore. Once again the mob of angry peasants exploded from their homes and joined in a frenzy of passionate bitterness. Stomping and marching until they stood in front of a jail/arsenal. A bloodthirsty uproar was born into each person's eyes as they barged into the Bastille and broke away swarming at everything and anything they could get. Martin watched with vigilance behind a nearby wooden barrel. He observed many things, trampled peasants, rampages for guns and weapons, and the releasing of possible threatening prisoners. Martin didn't agree with this one bit. He was all for gaining rights and freedom, but this was too much, and it started to scare him. As the riot droned on, Martin gawked in unbelief as the guards tried to fend some of the peasants off. The guards themselves managed to kill 98 people and injure 73 others, but there were too many of them, and as the guards were weakened they were quickly over taken and killed. Martin cowered behind his hiding spot as the peasants ruthlessly executed the guards and paraded around the town with their heads on spikes.


12: Martin was in his house on October 5, 1789, when thousands of angry peasant women marched by. Alphonse went to see what the commotion was all about and Martin sneaked out to go along. Martin was hiding in Alphonse's coat pocket listening to everything that was going on. Alphonse asked, “What is going on?”. A woman in the crowd stated, “We are going to make the queen relinquish her thrown!” She explained that she has been hoarding all the food for herself and we are all starving! It took many long hours but in the early morning they got past all 20,000 guards and into the palace. Marie Antoinette sneaked out with two other unknown women but the mob still got to her children and Madam Elizabeth. Later that same day Marie Antoinette returned to the palace. She stood on the balcony for ten minutes bowed her head and walked back in. What would that solve? Alphonse and someone from the rally talked about their plan to get the royal family to flee France and never return. | The Queen must leave!!!

14: Let's kill them all!!!!!! Mwuahahaha!!!

15: After the September Massacre began the Reign of Terror which lasted two years. During that time Martin had been watching and listening closely. France would see thousands of royalists, revolutionaries, and members of the bourgeoisie beheaded. All of this atrocity was perpetrated by the Jacobins under the leadership of Maximilien Robespierre. Just as in the September Massacre, the average worker was driven into a rage so as to enact the horrible violence on their fellow countrymen. And if that wasn't enough, France was at war with Great Britain, Holland and Spain. This war would see hundreds of men, women and children chained to barges and drowned with the sinking ships. It was also in this time that Marie Antoinette was beheaded. | Finally the violence was turned inward. Jacques Danton, who spearheaded the September Massacre, along with his friends were denounced and beheaded. Now everyone was afraid of being next, even Martin, he was afraid for himself and Alphonse. They had been best friends since Alphonse was 8, he didn't want to loose his only, and best friend. Finally to bring the reign of terror to an end, Robespierre himself was sent to the guillotine along with his reign.

16: Martin's owner cam home very happy one day. He was going on and on about someone he had just met named Napoleon. Napoleon Bonaparte emerged as an important figure for reestablishing order in France and initially gained the trust and support of his countrymen. Unfortunately, Napoleon's desire for power destroyed his original goal to support the ideals of the French Revolution. Napoleon's intention was to hurt other countries' economies, but he hurt France's economy more. In addition to this, Napoleon was so focused on taking over Europe, that he did not spend enough time working on his original goal and on his own country. Lastly, Napoleon's government and policies limited people's rights, instead of giving them liberty. Over time as Napoleon became a dictator; he lost sight of his original goal. | Over all, I think Napoleon Bonaparte did more harm...

20: Glossary A ABSOLUTE {AB suh loot} adj. - complete ARISTOCRACY {ar uh STOK ruh see} noun - a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, esp. the hereditary nobility B BOURGEOISIE {br'zhw-z'} noun - the middle class C CLERGY {KLUR jee} noun - the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity

21: E EMERGE {i MURJ} verb - to come forth into view or notice as from concealment or obscurity F FEUDAL {FYOOD l} adj. - of, pertaining to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure G GUILLOTINE {GIL uh teen} noun - a device for beheading a person by means of a heavy blade that is dropped between two posts serving guides: widely used during the French Revolution L LIBERTY {LIB er tee} noun - freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control

22: By definition, democracy is a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges. Democracy's growth first started to form when the meeting of the estates general was held. In this event, representatives of the estates gathered and voted one many things, | one of which was the equality of the 3rd estate. When the voting was cast the 1st and 2nd estate voted against them and therefore the peasants had once again been silenced and viewed unequal. This is what first sparked the underclassman's thirst for equal rights, freedom, and exemption

23: In the act of the tennis court oath the yearning for democracy grew with every passing moment. In animosity they broke the doors to a tennis court down and roared for a form of government in which the supreme power was fairly vested in all the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system and vowed to not settle for anything less.

24: The storming of the Bastille was done in a state of great frustration and annoyance with the consistent state of government. In all honesty, it has nothing to do with democracy because it was just a way to show how upset and offended they were. They stole guns, let prisoners loose, and killed guards in a fury. The peasants of France wanted to show that they weren't going to let up until they got the equality they wanted, whether from sheer brutality or a peaceful get-together, such as the meeting of the estates general. They stormed into this prison/arsenal to show the power they possessed as a whole.

25: Similar to the storming of the Bastille, the March on Versailles was done in a state of rage. The event itself did not really have an impact on democracy, nothing immediately changed within the royal family. The queen stood out on her balcony for ten minutes, bowed her head, and then walked back inside. As you can see, this had gotten democracy nowhere.

26: The Reign of Terror was, as the name denotes, a major bloodshed. But it ultimately was a movement towards to democracy. In the end, the anger turned to fear as no one could predict who would be killed next as both royalty and peasants were being beheaded. So the people finally began to think for | themselves and turned on the leaders of this reign of terror and beheaded them.

27: The rise of Napoleon, I believe, did contribute to democracy, although it did not happen immediately. | I believe it made many people realize that they were easily able to be fooled. He was a well known military leader and had gained the trust of many countrymen, but he let his ego and desire for power get in the way; Napoleon's leadership quickly turned into a dictatorship.

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