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Marie Antoinette Now a day there is a tendency to overlook small factors in history that may seem silly trivial or irrational However often these factors have great influences over people and need to be observed Marie Antoinette and her involvement in the French revolution are a perfect example The revolution was undoubtedly caused by the growing discontent of the French population towards the abuses of the upper class However no revolution could succeed without symbols or icons like Marie Antoinette The queens image became a symbol of corrupt monarchy during the revolution and played a major role in uniting and inspiring revolutionaries The icon of Marie Antoinette was depersonalized and used for further political objectives Bernier 914 Born to the Austrian empress Maria Theresa Marie Antoinette was obliged to marry Luis XVI of France to symbolize an alliance between Austria and France Ironically in the beginning of her marriage to the prince Marie Antoinette was loved by the French people for her kindness to peasants and her willingness to interact with her subjects However these very qualities would soon damage her reputation - giving her the nicknames Austrian whore and Madame Deficit - uniting the revolutionaries and bringing about her execution Asquith 131 Although the time itself was a difficult time for the French monarchy it was mainly Antoinettes own attitude to her position that caused the most serious damage In an age when monarchs were supposed to be servants of the state it was especially important to present an image of devoted self-sacrifice to their subjects But it was precisely this rather grave demeanor that Marie Antoinette shrugged off when she arrived at Versailles A bride at fifteen and a queen at nineteen like all adolescent girls of her generation she was fascinated with sentimental literature A passion for flowers a rather merry candor and a dislike of stolid formality were after all the virtues in fashion But they were supposed
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