How Did Voltaire Influence The French Revolution

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“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets” (insert source here). This was a quote uttered by François-Marie Arouet or more commonly known by his pen name, Voltaire. The quote was used to state the corrupt nobility in France in his time era. During his life, Voltaire had many things that happened to him such as his childhood which influenced what he wrote and in turn caused him to be exiled and jailed. Voltaire’s childhood played a large role into shaping him into the writer he became. Voltaire was the youngest of five children, two of which died in infancy. When he was seven years had his mother had passed away. In 1704, Voltaire received an education at the Collège Louis-le-Grand, a Jesuit secondary school in Paris, France. After his education he grew an admiration for…show more content…
There were several occasions Voltaire was exiled, both being for criticizing the nobility. Voltaire would write poems mocking the French regent’s family. Voltaire continued to write during exile mocking the French and writing plays. Upon returning to France from his exile, Voltaire was arrested and sent to the prison Bastille for writing scandalous works about the French regent’s incestuous relationship with his daughter. The cell Voltaire was in was two feet thick concrete walls, in which he continued to write. Nearly one year later he was released from Bastille but shortly after his release he was sent back for arguing with the Chevalier de Rohan. Voltaire was held there for two weeks until he was sent off to England where he would stay for three more years. His writing angered more noblemen forcing him to flee to Lorraine reside for the next fifteen years with his mistress. A few years after his stay he would make occasional visits to France until he was granted re-entry to France in which he lived out his years until he passed

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