How Did Voltaire Influence The French Revolution

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Voltaire was a crude, satirical, controversial, and slightly rebellious writer of the 17th century. His love of reason and acknowledgement of corruption leaked from his writings into the minds of the common folk readers of France. Leading to furthering the Enlightenment of France. Voltaire was one of the greatest enlightenment thinkers, renowned in all of France. However, like most genius figures of history, he was wasn’t born the great philosopher. He was born in the winter of 1694, in the City of Lights: Paris, France. Voltaire was his alias, his true name was a more common name, François-Marie Arouet. He grew up as the youngest sibling of a wealthy family of five. His way of thinking catalyzed when his mother died. This led his thinking …show more content…

He had intended for his son to become a lawyer there. This, in all honesty, completely failed. Once in Caen, Voltaire did however, fall for a young french-refugee named, Catherine Olympe Dunoyer. They were soon engaged, but the marriage was forced to stop, and Voltaire went on writing. He wrote mainly against people of great power. In 1717, it eventually, it caught up with him. Voltaire landed himself exiled for the first time, and ended up imprisoned in Bastille. Why? Of course, for writing negatively towards people of great …show more content…

One of the more controversial and widely known of his philosophies went against the Catholic Church. Although, he did believe in God, there was little respect for religion due to their lack of esteem for the natural sciences. His writings against the church sparked the spread of Atheism. His basic opinion on the matter of a creator is that people were created by some form of God, but the creator did not continuously intervene after the creation. His dislike for the bible was also apparent in his writings. To put his beliefs into one word, Voltaire was a:

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