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Today there is a tendency to overlook small factors in history that may seem silly trivial or irrational However these factors often have great influences over people and need to be observed Marie Antoinettes involvement in the French Revolution is the perfect example of a tiny catalyst causing a great deal of change 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 It was through clever rhetoric and twisting of facts on the part of French revolutionaries that Marie Antoinette became an icon for corrupt monarchy thus altering her image from a caring queen to a greedy wretch to aid in the advantage of the revolutionaries political objectives Born to the Austrian empress Maria Theresa on November 2 1755 Marie Antoinette was obliged to marry Louis 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 She further established her reputation for kindness and compassion by stopping her carriage for over an hour to aid an injured person She would not continue until she had established the presence of a surgeon She then insisted on a stretcher for the wounded man instead of an uncomfortable post-chaise and followed its progress Fraser 170 However these very qualities did not matter once Marie Antoinettes reputation began to drastically fall 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 However it was precisely this demeanor that Marie Antoinette shrugged off when she arrived at Versailles A bride at fifteen and
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