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The destruction of the Bastille came as the culmination of years of oppression and poverty suffered by the Third Estate of France who had become more and more angered by the class system King Louis XVIs abuse of power and price inflation This accompanied by the inspiration brought on by the Enlightenment documents and by other successful revolutions made the Third Estate realize it was time for a change The French class system was one of the main factors leading to the decision to storm the Bastille The class system in France divided the French populace into three parts the First Estate Second Estate and Third Estate The First Estate consisted of the king his family and the clergy The Second Estate consisted of nobles while the Third Estate consisted of everyone else The Third Estate made up 97 of the French population and was treated horrendously by the first two estates They had to work hard for very little and most of what they managed to earn went to the first two estates who gave them no say in the government All of the Third Estate suffered because of the problems presented to them However it was the French Middle Class who felt this the most Many of the French Middle Class were rich and knowledgeable individuals and believed they were just as important as the nobles but because of the class system socially they were equal to ordinary peasants Another factor in the decision to attack the Bastille was the kings abuse of power The fact that all of the taxing law-making and decision-making rested in the hands of one person was depending on that person the thing that made or broke a monarchy If the person in power was just wise and capable then the monarchy was a success However if the person in charge was harsh foolish and incapable then the monarchy was a failure The French monarch
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