English 202 - Literature about the French Revolution

English 202 - Literature about the French Revolution - I....

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I. Writing about the Revolution in France, Burke, Paine, and Wollstonecraft A. Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France 1. Condemns French Revolution 2. Written in the form of a letter to an acquaintance in Paris 1. Statement of British conservatism emphasizing monarchy, aristocracy, property, succession, tradition 2. Focuses on evoking emotional responses and condemning those who don’t feel: “On the scheme of this barbarous philosophy, which is the offspring of cold hearts and muddy understandingsâ€) (15) 3. wants to engage sympathies of upper-class men and women 4. uses emotional rhetoric and appeals to values of chivalry “in a nation of gallant men, in a nation of men of honor and of cavaliers†(14) 5. uses sensationalism i.e. the report of the king and queen being arrested (14) 6. More quotes and concepts from Burke (not in excerpt) a. “a spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views†b. “the spirit of freedom, leading in itself to misrule and excess, is tempered with an awful gravity– c. “all men have equal rights; but not to equal things†d.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENGL 202 taught by Professor Crome-romanovski during the Winter '08 term at Ohio State.

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