Napoleon Bonaparte's Big Dictator In Small Packaging

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Big Dictator in Small Packaging Tall, dark, and handsome are not the adjectives one might use to describe Napoleon Bonaparte. Vulgar, ruthless, and conniving are the ones some would if they were so inclined... Despite the controversy over the shockingly short man’s rule, his road to success and his untimely downfall undeniably played a large role in shaping modern France. However, what is more interesting is what shaped this historic dictator. And, it all began with his birth. Napoleon Bonaparte’s early life turned from bitter sadness to unexpected accomplishment. Born August 15, 1769 into a large, impoverished family during a war between his homeland Corsica and the mighty France, it seemed that, even then, his livelihood and well-being were being challenged. His parents, Letizia and Carlo, wrestled to keep food on the table after the French war, and chose to move to France to pursue a better life. To Napoleon’s distaste, his father was quick to submit to French customs and began to dress and behave just like a Frenchman (“To Destiny”). Furthermore, when Bonaparte turned nine, his father gave him his first stepping stone by procuring him a scholarship to a French school. It was at this school that Bonaparte began to truly feel set apart. With his yellow, Corsican skin, prideful ambience, and the fact that he hardly spoke French, Napoleon did not even try to fit in. At the age of fifteen, he attended the Royal Military Academy of France. One teacher described him as, “quiet and solitary. Frightfully egotistical. Proud, ambitious, aspiring to everything” (“To Destiny”). “He would go far,” his school report read, “in favorable circumstances” (“To Destiny”). However, in 1785 at the age of 16, he finished school and secured the title of Second Lieutenant. It was during this time that he became a genius at sighting a gun, deploying soldiers, and handling rammer and shot. Yet, he felt useless. For a man who sensed he was destined for greatness, Second Lieutenant was not a satisfactory vocation. He believed the regime would not grant him the high title he yearned for because he was a no-name. For that reason, he worked to be an author instead. He wrote a quick history of Corsica and attempted writing a

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