In my younger years, I would tell myself to stand up for who I am. Not just taking care of man but taking care of myself. Ten years in a wooden house, only Papa and me. I was never clean, nor dried. I wished my day would not only be the lake, the kitchen, and the bed. Please, I would tell young me, leave France, you deserve to see more. But at last, Bonjour, this is Bridgette. And this is my journal.
Many things have changed during the French revolution, for example, the old social structure (old regime) was overthrown. During the old regime, people were extremely religious. After the old regime was overthrown, more scientific ideas were developed such as the philosophy of the French Revolution: ‘The Enlightenment’ (Age of Reason). In the phase of the French revolution, it took political power from the Catholic church. They were questioning the divine right of kings and the old regime. While the old social structure was overthrown, more rights such as the Declaration of the rights of man were established. No matter what estate you are in, you have freedom of speech including votes. Before the old regime was overthrown, only royals had these certain rights. The French revolution, it put an end to monarchy and feudalism. The king was executed because of wars and revolts. The laws were arranged newly, France had a constitution for the first time. Additionally, because the people of France needed a symbol that did not represent the monarchy they were attempting to throw, the flag of France had changed during the revolution. At last, the calendar was changed to the Revolutionary Calendar. In October 1793 a new calendar was established instead of the gregorian calendar of the church and was used for 12 years until 1805. The gregorian calendar represented the old regime as well as the church, it had to be ousted to get rid of all traces of the old regime.
While many things have changed, some things have stayed the same. The class society remained, only the blood-based aristocracy was replaced by a capital-based aristocracy. Even though estates were abolished, the social classes remained the same. Different social classes were still looked down upon. Another example is, the boundaries and the size of France stayed the same, Emperor Napoleon did not succeed to conquer more of France. Throughout the French revolution, France remained an enemy of Great Britain, and the Napoleon period when Napoleon attempted to conquer the continent. While the government changed from monarchy to autocracy, Napoleon still has absolute power. Even though there wasn’t a king anymore, there was an Emperor who had absolute power.