Primary Source (Baker!) – French Revolution

I am so extremely sorry that this blog post is so late! I had a lot of trouble finding primary sources from the French Revolution that related to my character, the baker. I did many hours of research without any luck trying to find a source that I could use. I gave up on this blog post, but recently realised it would haunt me forever if I didn’t finish it. So here I am, the night before marks are due, and the night before my science provincial writing this blog post. I hope you enjoy the product of my sweat and tears (no blood was shed…)

I found this image from http://frda.stanford.edu/ (link to it here), and it is titled “Événement du 22 8.bre 1789 : assassinat du nommé François, boulanger”. According to google translate, this says “Event 22 8.bre 1789 assassination of named Francois , a baker” in English. I apologize that I couldn’t find a lot of information about this image, on the website it only provides the

Taken from http://frda.stanford.edu/

Taken from http://frda.stanford.edu/

title, Author, and some other information that was in French. Anyway, When I first saw that this was an assassination of a baker, I wasn’t surprised. You can see that it says Event 22 8.bre 1789 above the image. I interpreted this to mean August 22, 1789, a bit more than a year after the initial hail storms. In the earlier months of 1789, there was a huge food crisis in France due to the poor harvest, and bread prices were going up. This made the citizens (apart from the first and second estate of course) very hungry and angry. Because of the anger, riots started to form in protest of the unfair bread prices and state of the country. An example of a riot was the march on Versailles, which happened on October 5, 1789 (After this assassination). Many citizens at the time blamed the bakers at the time for the unfair bread prices. They were spending most of their salary on such a necessary item, it had made them outraged. As you can see in the image, a mob of people had trapped Francois, the baker where he could no longer escape. This shows how when something becomes unfair, people tend to blame the person they think is causing it, rather than the people that are responsible for that event. As I talked about in my other blog posts, the baker was not actually at fault here, but rather the monarchy and mainly King Louis XVI. He had created an unfair tax system where only the first and second estate would benefit. This means that only the third estate had to pay taxes, making them even poorer then they should have been. I’m not sure of the exact story of Francois and his assassination, but by coming up with a possibility for his death, we were able to see the complex issues embedded in this situation.

Thanks for reading!

– Christine

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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hnWyDS-bG_4TqV-AgzQcEDlVv4bmY1rePaON7MAqTCE/edit#slide=id.g15037e65b0_1_0

TED Talk: How Does Desire Affect the Gene Pool?

After a rough while, here is my TED Talk!

Don’t mind the change in setting, I had to split up my filming between two days.

 

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On the Death Row: March 30 1794

I hate to be such a narcissist during times like these when we require full unity and cooperation of France, especially as it was, after all, me who fought most ardently for equality, liberty, and fraternity. Alas, it seems that on the verge of death, the only thing that one can think of to care for is apparently nothing but oneself. Strangely, it seems fitting that I was to terminate in this way: by the revolution itself in all its glory and power. Of course, it makes me reconsider what it is I’ve been living for as I watch myself consumed by the fires of my own creation, but it’s safe to say the revolution is no longer a fight for equality but rather a madman’s rampant homicide parade through France.

Only 4 years ago did I found the Cordeliers Club; it feels as if it has been much longer due to the constant strife but at the same time feels as if it was only yesterday when we were fighting Lafayette at the Champs de Mars. Another part of me believes all this to be a dream and that when I wake up I will be back in Arcis-sur-Aube, my childhood home, with no revolution to worry about.

However, no matter how hard I try to wake up from this nightmare, I end up falling further and further into the void of accepting that this indeed is the reality that we are living in. The reality, that is of course the fact that France is now run by a complete monster. I leave it all in a frightful welter; of the ones still alive, not a man of them has an idea of government. Robespierre will follow me; he is dragged down by me. Ah, better be a poor fisherman than meddle with the government of men!

Back when I was blinded by my urge for power, I thought that, yes, killing was the only way that we would achieve success. The words of Rousseau compelled me to desire sovereignty, but the method in which I aimed for it was not the most effective. In hindsight, I believe that I directed so much hatred for Lafayette not because he was a traitor and a Royalist, but because it was through his ideas that we would have achieved sovereignty most efficiently. Damn my arrogant past for thinking that I was right and everyone else was wrong. By the time I had sobered up, the king was dead. The Girondists were dead. The prisoners I’d killed in the September Massacres were dead. Anyone who went against Robespierre was dead. Myself included.

One thing I believe I should be pondering as I await my death on the guillotine that I once killed thousands on is undoubtedly the future of France. But as I have stated before, all I can think of me, the once eloquent, powerful, moving Danton who now sits in the corner of his cell talking to himself like a lunatic.

Maybe I am a lunatic.

Maybe I’ve been one since this mess began.

The grand visions I once had of an equal France that seemed so close to reach no longer seems attainable. All the splendor of my dreams no longer have the sparkle they once had. It seems we have only replaced one tyrant for another. Louis for Robespierre. Lack of bread for lack of breath.

It is now up to Tallien to save France from falling into complete anarchy for undoubtedly after Robespierre is finally executed – it’s bound to happen – there will be chaos. As for me, it seem that my fate was already decided when I began to make the wrong decisions. In the end, I was nothing but a naive psychopath with a big mouth. I was wrong. I was a cold-blooded murderer. I was no better than the monarchy we sought out to eliminate. For a criminal, the proper treatment can only be given by death itself.

The sun rises; my execution approaches. I must put on my mask of courage and approach the crowd; maybe my facade will once again succeed to bring people to listen to what I have to say; maybe with my audacity, France is not all lost. No matter how much I regret choosing to go down this path of murder and strife, I must finish what I have started. Danton is not one who wants to hear “Told you so” from Lafayette when he enters hell. France will end this revolution with nothing less than freedom and equality.

If there is one thing I wish to praise myself in, it is the fact that I was able to conceal my cowardice under my constant audacity. As naive me once said, we need audacity, and yet more audacity, and always audacity. Even after death, let my voice be heard throughout France for eternity.

As for you Robespierre?

See you in hell.

 

Isolation & Loneliness – A TED Talk

Here is my TED Talk, discussing the effects of isolation and loneliness. I hope you learn something! (Citations below)

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Why Does Love Hurt So Good?| Science 9 Final

Alas, our final project of the year! It’s been a wild ride. Here is my TED Talk: Why Does Love Hurt So Good?

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http://wellnessadvocate.com/img/7/727-ACC.gif (anterior cingulate cortex)

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All drawings created by Anika Venkatesh.

Creative Cognition: A Symphony

 

I can’t believe this is the final project of the year!

Getting to this point has been a crazy journey, but that’s for another blog post! Researching, writing and producing this TEDTalk was a very new experience for me, but it was really cool to delve in that deep into one topic and really express your passion for it on screen.

Without further ado, I proudly present Creative Cognition: A Symphony 



 

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