Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Essay

2018 Words May 2nd, 2011 9 Pages
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity The absolute monarchy that had been ruling France for a long period of time would finally end with raised voices demanding a new France, a nation free of oppression and inequality in which everyone had his own place to live decently and freely. The trends of the Enlightenment would remain strong especially in the well-off middle class intellectuals that saw the movement’s philosophical ideas as principles that could be used to amend the political and economic crisis. In addition, the lower class cry of hunger for both justice and equality triggered a number of events that would challenge the government of Louis XVI. The social and economic injustice, and the poverty and misery caused by a regime would lead …show more content…
After the Third Estate declared itself the National Assembly, hope started growing in their eyes. For the first time, their cry would be heard and there would be reassurance. When they heard the rumors that the King was possibly planning to attack the National Assembly and reimpose his monarchy, they responded with uprising and riots. They would not allowed the Old Regime to come back. People from the Third Estate went to the Bastille to get some ammunition. The capture and destruction of this prison was a crucial point during the French Revolution as it symbolized a great triumph for the revolutionaries. Influenced by the storming of the Bastille and motivated by a fervent hatred for oppression and inequality, other social groups, such as the peasants and Parisian women revolted against the King. These uprising left the privileged system with no other option than to accept the changes made by the National Assembly. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens issued by the Assembly did not only increase the nation’s expectations, but it also made known to the King and nobles that their days of privileged life were over. In 17 articles, the Declaration states the rights that every individual is entitled to, with the rights of liberty and equality as the most important: “ Men are born, and always continue, free, and equal in respect of their rights”(104). The

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