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“what is the Third Estate“

Post  Alicia M. on Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:23 pm

"What is the Third Estate?" is a primary source that Abbé Sieyès wrote in 1789, during the French Revolution. This one wrtoe about the position of the third estate in this period of time. He made intelligent points about the importance of the third estate. At the beginning of his writing the asked and anwered three questions :
1. What is the Third State? Everything.
2. What has it been until now in the political order? Nothing.

3. What does it want to be? Something....
By these three questions, he meant that the third estate is a nation itself. It doesn’t need the first two estates to control them, in fact the only thing that they do is take their privileges away and give them all the taxations. The third estate contains everything they need. They have all the bourgeoisie, which is wealthy merchants, doctors and lawyers, shopkeepers, the urban, and peasants. He clearly states that the first two Estates meant nothing to the society; they were only there to “control” them and collect the money.
I agree with Abbé Sieyès’ idea because he seems to make realistic facts about how life used to be. The Third Estate did not have any sort of privilege and yet did all the work. This document did a huge impact on the French society and also changed many people’s mind.
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Post  ebznski on Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:44 pm

This document was a piece of propaganda that made everyone in the third estate have a strong desire to fight against the nobility and the clergy because it made them realize how important they were and that the nation would not be a nation had it not been for them.
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Post  Mira W. on Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:29 pm

His few words describing the third estate were incredibly simple, down to a 3rd-grade level on might say. Nevertheless they were astoundingly powerful and effective in firing up the nation to make a change. He summed up their oppression in a few, basic words -- he knew how to reach out to people. I admire him for this, as without him people might have gone on suffering for years. He broke their last straw, giving people the final push needed to fight against the horrendously unjust system that had ruled France. Great review post!
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Post  Vasilisa on Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:24 am

I love the way he wrote it. He was short and used easy words for the third estate to understand it. He went right to the point and made people think.

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So Inspiring

Post  Joshua T on Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:41 pm

THE THIRD ESTATE IS EVERYTHING. the third estate composed 97% of france. The way that they were being treated by the other estates was brutal, unfair, and disgusting...

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Post  CicelyS on Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:20 am

They way he put this propaganda together made everyone be able to understand what his message was as many people were not properly educated during that time. This piece was particularly influential and very admirable. His creativity in putting it together would deffinitely have made me fight alongside the third estate if i had been born in those times.
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