Napoleon Bonaparte, Saint or Satan final

Napoleon Bonaparte, Saint or Satan final - Dennis Zuo Mr....

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Dennis Zuo Zuo 1 Mr. Potter AWW June 3, 2007 Saint or Satan? Thesis: As an insightful piece of literature that immortalized the once invincible Napoleon Bonaparte, Max Gallo’s book series Napoleon transmogrified Napoleon from an unapproachable demigod to an ordinary mortal man; yet just as virtue and vice exists in all mortals, so lie the essence of both saint and Satan in Napoleon . Dennis Zuo Zuo 2
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Mr. Potter AWW May 15, 2007 Saint or Satan? History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. –Napoleon (Cohen 791) Napoleon, the very name that brought European civilization crashing down into the abyss of ceaseless warfare, also has ironically become the synonym for victory and conquest. Whenever people speak this name, the fading memory of Austerlitz will suddenly come to life and condense to drops of glittering dews, jubilantly reflecting the magnificent glory achieved at that chaotic moment; whenever people hear this name, the lingering sound of La Marseillaise will intensify, arousing the sense of passion and pride that Napoleon inspired long ago; whenever people think of this name, waves of ambivalence will perhaps ascend from the depth of their hearts, maliciously assaulting men’s fragile morality, yet at the same time, feeding men’s sensation with greatness that rivals Alexander and Caesar. Except for Jesus Christ, Napoleon was probably the best documented and commemorated celebrity in the history of human conflicts. His life as a soldier, lover, administrator, emperor and eventually, prisoner, enthralls men. Portrayals of him vary drastically from enlightened despot to malevolent dictator-- all with some validity. As an insightful piece of literature that immortalized the once invincible Napoleon Bonaparte, Max Gallo’s book series Napoleon transmogrified Napoleon from an unapproachable demigod to an ordinary mortal man; yet just as virtue and vice Zuo 3
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exists in all mortals, so lie the essence of both saint and Satan in Napoleon . In this gigantic four-novel series the author Max Gallo, a prestigious French historic writer, revealed the winding journey that Napoleon Bonaparte traveled. Each of the four volumes from the grand series depicted a different stage of Napoleon’s extraordinary life: a life as a bitter but unyielding child, a life as a youthful but cunning general, a life as a contemplative but egocentric dictator, and finally, a life as a sullen but desperate prisoner. A transcendence of a detailed biography, Napoleon threaded countless facts and conspiracy theories into a single string of legend based on real historical events. Seldom before has a daring historian ventured this far, recreating a world so rich of intrigue and love. Speaking of love, while many people adored him, Napoleon loved no one better
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ECON 204 taught by Professor Kyle during the Spring '08 term at MATC Madison.

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