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the bad queen // characterization letter

Dear Mr.Schroeder,

In “The Bad Queen” written by Carolyn Meyer, the main character is Marie Antoinette. The book has five parts each consisting of a different period of her life: from a thirteen year old who has to marry the dauphin of France to being found guilty at thirty five and executed. She starts off as a very naive, whimsical teenage girl who’s life is dictated by her mother. She is required to marry the dauphin of France at a very young age. When she is at the alter, she says, “After years of being the generally ignored fifteenth child, I loved being the center of attention” (Meyer 43).  This generally stayed the same, she “intended to make my own rules” (174) when she reigned and thus, spent the countries’ money on extravagant parties. As a result of this, the people of the court and the public hated her. When she is asked to stop spending so much, she replies with “I have no such wish. The king has given permission for these entertainments, and the expenses involved are not my concern” (180). This in turn shows that she only cares about her own enjoyment and disregards the needs of the public.

However, when the people stormed the castle to hurt and imprison her, she sees that they hate her but she believes “they would believe about me whatever they wanted to believe. I decided it was best to ignore them. If they chose to despise me nothing would change their minds” (276). She believes that she doesn’t have any fault to play and the public just hates her because she is from Austria. She is selfish and dimwitted but a good mother and she does teach the right morals to her children and she’s feels regret about her actions because her children face horrible consequences as well. In the author’s note, the author describes her as “seriously flawed-but not evil” (419), which I agree with. I don’t know for sure if she regrets how she behaved but she definitely behaved differently at the end -from naive and high spirited to miserable and apologetic.

Sincerely,

Khush

the friend of the people // all journals

The Friend of the People

L’Ami du Peuple

(1789-1794)

Read here: the friend of people

(or alternatively, here: The friend of the people)

 “The Friend of the People” is a mystery that sets itself up in the French Revolution with the suspicious character of Charles. Charles can’t bear the sight of blood. His colleagues, his friends, his family, quite frankly even the town people know this fact. Charles is harmless and merely a shadow. He doesn’t walk to the public executions for entertainment like the rest of the town does. He doesn’t engage in the heated meetings of the revolutionaries. He sits tight in his cramped boxy journalist office working for hours at end instead. Everyone knows this, which is why when Charles is proven guilty for the assassination of Jean Paul Marat, they splutter and squawk in disbelief. Many gossip, but everyone knows that there must be some sort of mistake. They swear on it, that it’s a mistake. Surely not a harmless innocent workaholic could do something like this? Right? But do they know him really?

Appearances are deceitful and people lie. A lesson that we all should learn in life.

Let me publish these four journal entries to discover who killed Jean Paul Marat during the French Revolution, why Charles has disappeared from the country two days after his sentence and what a women clutching her bag tightly while scurrying away from the Bastille has to do with any of it.

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Change and Continuity:

The French Revolution goes through a lot of changes, in terms of the government and the social situations but there are a lot of similarities. In the beginning of the revolution, the estates were divided into the nobility, clergy and everyone else. This continued on throughout the revolution but most royals and clergy got executed as the revolutionary parties rebelled at set everyone to the guillotine. So in a sense, there was a decrease in the already small population of the rich people. As the nobility spent a lot of money on their luxurious life, the third estate was left penniless most days and decided to take charge and form an assembly. The two events that caused the most destruction were: “The Storming of the Bastille” and “the March of Versailles”. These was critical in bringing down the nobility, which they did but it didn’t help the life that the poor people were living. Many people of France were still in poverty and the Directory (new form of government) was still corrupt and the leaders of the revolution were dead themselves, as the rivalry of the Jacobins and Girondists was the cause for many bloody days.

french revolution in plain english // explanatory paragraph

our video!

Our turning points for the video were The meeting of the States General, Tennis court oath and the Storming of the Bastille. We also had explanations of the groups in the revolutionaries, the social classes of France, with entertaining jokes and characters. The process was time efficient, as we started with the gathering and drawing of the icons (Anthea drew the icons, while Molly and I found images), then we started on the script and edited it. Afterwards, we started the filming of the video and then we edited it together with music and easy transitions. I would say that our group was very good at cooperating and we all split our work equally with an easy going attitude that still got the job done.