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The Malicious Jean Paul Marat

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On July 13, 1793, Jean Paul Marat, an important leader during the French revolution, was assassinated in his bathing-tub. Marat began as a writer on politics and grew to be a violent radical leader. A young woman, Charlotte Corday, assassinated Marat for all the death and destruction he had caused. Marat was honorably laid to rest, and the political parties of the revolution began to fall. Corday murdered Marat in good intentions and her courageous act saved hundreds of people. Marat, a determined radical leader persecuted those who believed differently from him and because of his words and actions, he was assassinated. Marat started out as a quiet writer who published his political view in pamphlets and journals; however, his literary works eventually led him into a position of power. In Chains of Slavery, Marat wrote about the importance for “….an uncompromising denunciation of royal despotism, a defense of the sovereignty of the people, and a sympathy for the poor...” (“Jean Paul Marat”). Fifteen years later, Marat published a pamphlet, Offrande a’ la patric (Offering to Cur Country), where he voiced his belief that the monarchy was in a position that they could still fix the problems of France (Jean). Then, Marat began to use the newspaper, L’ Ami du Peuple (The Friend of the People) to become an influential voice in radical reactions (Jean). Marat used the paper to urge a “…radical revolutionary uprising…”, justified by the new aristocracy being lead by the rich while the poor were left in grievance and purposed ideas of a temporary dictatorship to create a balance of social justice (“Jean Paul Marat”). The L’ Ami du Peuple allowed Marat to speak his mind on the Revolution and was his greatest weapon. Marat used the pa... ... middle of paper ... ... Industry and Empire. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 973-974. Gale World History In Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2011. Jean, Vidalenc. "Marat, Jean-Paul." Britannica Biographies (2010): 1. History Reference Center. EBSCO. Web. 29 Mar. 2011. "Jean Paul Marat." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Gale World History In Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2011 MCPHEE, PETER. "Jacobins." Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006. 1205-1206. Gale World History In Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2011. "September Massacres." Encyclpoaedia Briannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Omline Shool Edition, 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2011. Woloch, Isser. ""Marat, Jean-Paul"" Discovery Channel School. World Book Online. Web. 27 Mar. 2011.
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