The king shared no power and the rules were harsh.There was no freedom of speech or press, and almost no freedom of religion. People who criticized the government were jailed, and sometimes never had a trial. No-one really like the french government.There had always been big differences between the upper and lower classes in French society.
The middle class got more wealthy and wanted to make their way to the upper class.The middle classes were wealthier than the nobility and though the nobility needed the middle classes they did not respect them.The bourgeoisie (middle class) were growing restless, and were unhappy at their lack of social mobility. Since the middle class was getting wealthy they thought that they should be in the upper class and started getting angry because they weren't in the upper class.
The gaps between rich and poor had gotten bigger and as the common people struggled to feed their families desperation increased and the mood grew revolutionary.Nearly a quarter of the taxes collected annually went to the maintenance of the King’s lifestyle at Versailles, and the upper classes (nobles & Church) in France paid no taxes.
Interview of Louis XVI
Interviewer: So, Mr. Louis, we have a few questions for you, 8 to be exact.
Louis XVI: Well, ask away.
Interviewer: What was it like to be in the French Revolution?
Louis XVI: Well, it was really bloody; I really missed my family at home. I was not really fond of being away from home. But I do what I have to do.
Interviewer: On the scale of one-ten how disgraceful was it for you?
Louis XVI: For me, it was really about a 6. I was really depressed without my family but I knew I was doing the right thing.
Interviewer: Were you proud of what you did?
Louis XVI: I was proud because I was willing to fight for my side, to risk my life. I think that is something that I should be proud of.
Interviewer: Do you think your family was proud?
Louis XVI: I assume so, I know I am though.
Interviewer: Did you make any friends?
Louis XVI: In war, you really don’t know who your friends are and who your enemies are.
Interviewer: Did you learn any life lessons? If so, what were they?
Louis XVI: Not any that would change my life.
Interviewer: Do you have any experiences that stood out to you?
Louis XVI: Yes, just standing out on the battlefield, it just made me feel like this is where I belong.
Interviewer: Did you shoot anyone?
Louis XVI: I really don’t know, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was aiming just shot, when you are fighting for your life you really don’t think about aiming.