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disappointment — they would feel that they wouldn’t amount to anything because they weren’t born into a wealthy or noble family. These rooms, or any rooms of Nobility, would be nothing more than a reminder of how unequal the society of their time was. The architecture of that day was nothing less then spectacular; however, it was constructed only to the satisfaction of the rich, and a lot of the things that they built didn’t need to be built. Since having money was natural to the rich, they decided to live in luxury rather than help the poor societies. One example of an unnesscary building that was built would have to be the Palace at Versailles. The King erected this building because he wanted all the French Nobles to live together, yet this place became nothing more

then a prison for the Nobility. This building did not have to be made, but it was created to show the greatness of the King and his entire kingdom. These examples of architecture show that a peasant, who was considered to be low in societal status, would feel regret in any of these places because they contained things that were built lavishly for the wealthy. In a society that has nothing left but hope, the rich are often resented. The French Society in the 17th century was made up of unequal classes. Even though the lowest class made up more than half of the French society during that time, it was treated the worst and given nothing but trouble. King Louis XIV might have had a tight financial hold on France, but he did so at the expense of the poor. A peasant would feel totally

out of place in a rich setting like the one within the Metropolitan Museum. End Notes 1) Dowd, David. French Revolution (New York: American Heritage Pub, 1965) pg. 13 2) Dowd, David. French Revolution, pg. 14. 3) Corzine, Phyllis. The French Revolution (San Diego: Lucent Books, Inc. 1995)pg. 15. 4) Corzine, Phyllis. The French Revolution, pg 16. 5) Corzine, Phyllis. The French Revolution, pg. 16. 6) Otfinoski, Steven. Triumph and Terror (New York: Facts on File, Inc. 1993)pg. 9 7) Corzine, Phyllis. The French Revolution, pg. 20. 8) Otfinoski, Steven. Triumph and Terror, pg. 10. 9) Dowd, David. The French Revolution, pg. 15. 10) Mckay, John P., Hill, Bennett D., Buckler, John, A History of Western Society. 6th Ed. (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999) pg. 544. 11) Mckay, John

P., Hill, Bennett D., Buckler, John, A History of Western Society. 6th Ed. Pg. 545. 12) Otfinoski, Steven. Triumph and Terror, pg. 13.