The Revolution Of The 19th Century

955 WordsNov 21, 20144 Pages
In the late 18th century, the world was about to witness another revolution for democracy. After the United States emerged victorious in the quest for independence it would become an example to the world. France, America’s ally during the war, would be further crippled financially by this quest for independence, and in turn let the Third Estate, the third social class in French politics composed of lower class people, see this example. As France spiraled into moderate depression the people would revolt, resulting in the one of the bloodiest times in history. There were many reasons for this need of revolution in 18th century France. One was the higher aristocratic class’s lack of concern for the troubles of the Third Estate. An example of…show more content…
Banksy has created works all over the world on controversial issues of today. It is also believed that each one of his works contains one of the following themes: modern behavior, animal treatment, the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis, the police state in Britain, and rats and monkeys (116). In 2008 Banksy made this piece in the United States, and it would later be named The Wall Street Rat: Let Them Eat Crack. On the blank side of a building at Broadway and Howard, the center Lower Manhattan in New York City, Banksy again voices his opinion publicly to the world. This time it took the form of a rat dressed in business attire with a briefcase filled with money. Next to this image is the phrase, “Let them eat crack” written in red paint. This can be directly linked to Marie Antoinette’s quote, but with a more modern twist. Both phrases are also being allegedly uttered by people of an elite class. In this case it is the wealthy business professional of America instead of the aristocratic royalty of France. The red paint can also symbolize blood, and can also be directly referencing that this can lead to a bloody revolution similar to France’s. The location also plays a key part. It is located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, the financial capital of America. Whether this is a call to arms to the lower class or a warning to the upper class is up for interpretation. What this mural symbolizes is the inability of the upper classes to understand the
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