The spread of ideas of democracy and nationalism were very important for the French Revolution to take place. There were 5 main causes and it happened in different stages. The population of Europe in the end of 1700 was divided into a very wealthy minority of about 3% and a poor majority of about 97%. The rich people did not care very much about the poor. This inequality created a lot of discontentment in the population while the clergy and nobles lived enjoying their wealth.
Clink the doors opens, people came from all over to watch the death if the king. “Let 's go” says the guard, one step at a time I walk up to the guillotine with butterflies going through my stomach, feel a cool brisk wind blowing through my hair. A very strong push in the back and I smack my face on the cold wet wooden bed. Chink the board clamps on my neck and the rope is cut and the blade falls.
Social change happens when people are dissatisfied by their everyday life and want to change the way they have to live. In the novel, the citizens of the Dominican Republic have to remain under the dictatorship of Trujillo for 31 years and they do not get to vote for a new president. Whenever someone tries to get rid of him, they disappear or get killed. When Sinita is telling Minerva what happened to her family, she says that after betraying the trust of the ex-president of the dominican republic and after having him sent to Puerto Rico, Trujillo ”[announces] that he [is] president ”(Alvarez,18). Actions like these by Trujillo such as declaring himself leader make the citizens of the Dominican Republic to realize that he is not fit to be in
The eighteenth century Enlightenment proved to be a movement of the intellectuals who dared to prove all the aspects in life scientifically. These individuals were greatly affected by the scientific revolution. They were, in addition, advocating the appliance of the scientific methodology to the understanding of life. Throughout the age of enlightenment, science became popular and there were many philosophers like John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, Montesquieu, etc who applied the natural laws to the social life. These people and their writings had a huge impact on the French Revolution.
The Enlightenment was a period of time that stressed the importance of reason and individual ideas. Many philosophers published works criticizing a country’s monarch or divulging the flaws they saw in a system within the government, such as the justice system. The Enlightenment also stressed the importance of education, and as a result of this, literacy rates experienced a major upward trend. Now able to read the philosopher’s works, a larger sum of people now were educated on the corruptions within their government. This caused a questioning of traditional practices, and people began to believe they could revise their government.
Change is inevitable. This knowledge is common however acknowledgement of the factors that push for change often go unrecognized. As stated in a quote by Oscar Wilde, “It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion”. No matter what the circumstances are, all change begins with disobedience. Disobedience, which Wilde names “man’s original virtue”, can be defined as an action of complete and utter defiance, whether against authority, the law, society, etc.
Outsiders are somewhat and are heard as an outcast, but today that isn 't the case. People are alienated when others become isolated from their surroundings. In revolutions and various pieces of literature outsiders are abused by authority and therefore alienated. Often in literature, authors tend to show how certain characters abuse their authority leaving the outsiders alienated throughout the story.
After we have seen what might be the causes in the colonises, I would like to take a closer look to some countries by themselves. Some countries, like England and France were once colonisers and they brought their own culture of governing to the colonises. Therefore it could be interesting to examine their history after a bigger breaking-point. In case of England, this will be the Industrial Revolution and then the Glorious Revolution that has started such procedures that it lead to a complete change in their economic system.
The two revolution I am going to be talking about are The French Revolution and The American Revolution. Those actions took place in Europe and The New World in the late 1700´s and the early 1800´s. The French Revolution was a violent example. Then in the other hand The American Revolution that preceded The French exemplifies another way of having a revolution. That is why I am going be comparing and contrasting that two revolution, so that you can give me your opinion.
In just a five day period during the height in violence in The French Revolution, nearly 1,400 people were executed in the streets of Paris in attempts of establishing a democracy. While the justification for this violence was the expansion of basic human rights and the establishment of a better form of government, the eventual outcome did not live up to these lofty goals. The cultural approach best describes how The French Revolution ultimately missed its mark because it failed to achieve both a democratic government and equal rights. Instead, it led to massive violence and a weakened France. The first and biggest failure of France’s revolution was that it did not directly result in a democratic government and ended up leading to the rise of a dictator.