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    Harrison 1 (Attention Getter). Guillotines played significant role in the history of England and France during the French Revolution. According to Susan Banfield, the guillotine was first introduced in France in 1792. A guillotine consisted of a large, heavy knife blade that could be raised and allowed to fall between two grooved posts connected at the top by a crossbar (136-137). The killing machine of the French Revolution is what the guillotine in commonly known as. Deaths of many noteworthy people took place by way of the guillotine including King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. As well as in history, the guillotine also played an exceptionally important role in the novel A Tale of Two Cities. Guillotines contributed in many different ways, but it played a major role in the themes. Major themes and motifs of the story can all be linked with the guillotine and the main themes are sacrifice, violence, and revenge. The Guillotine plays an extremely significant role in the novel A Tale of Two Cities, especially as it relates to the major motif of sacrifice. Guillotines…

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    The Reign of Terror was a brutal time period during the French Revolution. It involved countless unnecessary deaths made by the officials. The executioners used the guillotine, or a beheading machine, to kill anyone who seemed suspicious, without being accused of anything. “Historians estimate that more than 80,000 French people on both sides died…” (Doc. C) The government officials during this time period promoted the opposite of safety. A number of deaths that occurred were beyond unnecessary…

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    oppressed under the new rulers, leaving the French Revolution not effective. In addition to the ineffectiveness and desensitization, war causes innocents to suffer. Dickens emphasizes his dislike through use of negative imagery and portrayal of the Revolution. The first reason that Dickens does not support the French Revolution is because of its lack of success. After the French peasantry overthrows the upper class, the head Revolutionaries take over. The Jacobins, the new leaders,…

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    Robespierre’s rules were also not predictable; many of the citizens involved in the revolution were struggling to find food and their lives depended on whether the government cooperated or not so Robespierre’s rules were found absurd to the citizens. Lastly, his rules were unfair; since he had total control of France, he could enforce laws that applied directly to the citizens and not himself. However, his control began to falter gradually when he was started to be doubted even by his own…

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    suspected with enemies. King Louis XVI was executed in 1793 after the king got executed people in France saw the guillotine as a weapon that they feared. The guillotine was used for purging France for those who were thought to be a threat to national security. In 1794 were very victorious against their enemies which meant that the fear was not necessary anymore but Robespierre continued the Terror because he wanted to purge France of anyone…

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    Poverty and Monarchy: This major issue would lead up to one of the most recognized moments in history, the French Revolution. The population was unsatisfied with the monarchy causing them to rebel. This led to the rise of Napoleon as the newly elected French Leader. The Events The reign of terror: In autumn of 1793, Robespierre and the Jacobins focused on addressing economic and political threats within France. The government instituted its famous campaign against internal opposition known as…

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    accuses him of corruption against the revolutions and sentences him to death on the guillotine on the 5th of April 1794. After Danton’s death, another party was created, they were named The Enrages, their leader was Jacques Roux. Jacques was a priest, his group became the most extremist party, they were the left side of the Revolution, this means that they defended the citizens of France and their rights, they also demanded more faith for liberty, to have a holy reason and equality. However,…

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    bestow, O Guillotine!” The French Revolution has been seen as a war that caused death, pain, and prosperity. Many primary documents, like Simon Schama Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, have mentioned that the amount of human lives lost during the French Revolution was unnecessary. The amount of deaths in the revolution explains the outcome of how much violence took place. Was the French Revolution worth its human costs? The loss of so many lives in the French Revolution was not…

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    citizen of France. Every citizen was subjected to having these rights, and taking them away is absurd. In fact, many were executed for rejecting Maximilian’s ideals. Further, it is written in Article E that, “On April 6, 1793, [the revolutionary government established] the Committee of Public Safety…. The purpose was to “protect the public safety” from enemies both inside and outside of France. The Committee soon employed a shadowy network of informers and spies to achieve these ends.” In fact,…

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    was the draft. The draft was easily put in place because local governments were now given the final say. They are limiting the peasants rights, and giving them no right to appeal. By limiting their rights, they are able to control the mobs rioting outside. In order to limit their rights however, they need suspicion of counterrevolutionary activities. They further limit these rights in Document E, by taking away the idea of suspicion. They denied lawyers, and were basically allowed to kill people…

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