What Is The Third Estate Analysis

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Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès talks about in his famous pamphlet, What Is the Third Estate, relates to common people. During history, we talked about how the people serve the king based on God’s authority. However, it limits people from speaking out on their individual issues or needs. What Sieyès suggests is that without the nobility or the citizens, they cannot function. It takes both the nobility and citizens to create the foundation for their “new” government. For Sieyès, he argues that the question about what creates a nation. Before he answers the question, he condemns the noble order for alienating the people since they had “civil and political privileges” (32). It is similar to how people argue about their leaders; since the leaders have responsibilities and rights, they wonder about their rights as well. Another example is how Catholic Church have one Bible where the congregation would agree until they had the printing press to state their own ideas. The analogy from Sieyès’ perspective is the idea that citizens think it is “unfair” for the kings or leaders to have such power that it would use its power for personal gain rather for the sake of the citizens and government. This is not to say that Sieyès hates the nobility, but the injustice against citizens is that the privileged, or nobility, laughs at the citizens because they [the citizens] can…show more content…
This goes back to his question about what creates a nation. His answer is that it contains both the nobles and citizens who live according to the common law and represent the government as a whole. In short terms, the Third Estate contains everything. Sieyès wakes people up that even though the leaders have different responsibilities, it does not exclude them from certain laws or put them above the laws. For a nation to function, all people must serve for the government and obey the laws no matter what position they serve in their
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