Essay about The Mentality of the French Revolution

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Terrorism is often associated nowadays with radical extremist groups, who use terror as their only method of power to attain their goals from others. The first time “terror” was actually used however was during the French revolution. The reign of terror was seen in the aftermath of the execution of the King. It was a product of the mentality of the revolution. With everyday that passed, the uncertainty amongst the people grew, and actions became more and more drastic. With the King no longer in the picture, the Jacobins and the Girondins were more enemies to one another than ever before. During the French Revolution, it can be debated whether or not the terror that was used can be seen as a sign of power or as a sign of weakness. Whether …show more content…
Some people wanted to keep pushing the revolution further and further becoming more radical than ever. Others were content with success they had and thought the revolution had already achieved its goals and was over. For some people however, the world had no shades of grey and unless you conformed to their vision for the revolution, you were seen as guilty of treason in their eyes. Evariste Gamelin and Maximilian Robespierre are two people, among many others, whose personalities and mentalities drove the French Revolution into a state of terror. In the book, The God’s Will Have Blood, Evariste is put in the position of magistrate with the power to decide who should live and who should die. This book is an enlightening experience of the terror that took place during that time, but more importantly it is a look into the minds of those who were in power. Evariste saw anything that was associated with the “Old Regime” as evil. Even with the art that was popular from the old regime, he denounced it and began to do his work in only charcoals. It is often said that art is a reflection of society and with Gamelin’s work; it is a direct interpretation of his views on society. His artwork had no color only black and white, just as he saw the world. To Evariste, judgment was black or white, right or wrong, good and evil. It was a very rigid time with no room for error under the unforgiving eyes of those in power.

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