Essay Napoleon

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Guidance to Freedom or Just Another Tyrant?

When most people think of Napoleon Bonaparte they think of either a tyrant emperor or a brilliant war strategist. Maybe both are right but in whatever conclusion any person comes to, they will know he was a small man who accomplished many great things. Napoleon conquered countries and developed a mass empire, which led to his celebrity like fame. He was a man that respected cultures and every religion and even cried when his men died on the battlefield. Bonaparte was an amazing person who drove himself with great ambition to become one of the greatest leaders ever in history.
In life every great leader has had their own story to
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Victor Blair says “Even his harshest critics have conceded that his egoism was the driving force towards greatness, and that his self-conceit was at least earned by genius and determination.”
With his studying he learned that in order to govern France he must first win over the people. He knew that not only did he have to win the people’s popularity, but that he also needed support form his soldiers. He promised all of his soldiers that they would eat, be clothed well, and paid for their services. Even after the French Revolution he still thought the French people only cared about how France was portrayed. “I do not believe the French love liberty and equality. They are not changed by ten years of revolution. They are like the Gauls, proud and fickle: they have only one sentiment, honor (Markham 63).” This shows he wanted the approval of the people to be emperor and not to be a slave of how the people thought. He began to win over the people in the late eighteenth century and decided that he wanted to be the next Alexander the Great.
As Bonaparte took power, some looked at him as a tyrant or even a new king maybe. He ran the government and made the decisions and laws for France. He hated and loved the people because they looked at him as a king but still they reinforced his position. Some people of the time thought that maybe the French Revolution was a waste if they are just going to have
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