the friend of the people // all journals
The Friend of the People
L’Ami du Peuple
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“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.
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.