Marie Antoinette

As discussed in class, Marie Antoinette, Queen and wife of Louis XVI, is thought to be clueless of the harsh conditions that citizens of France were faced with. She was thought to be living it up in the palace, unaware of what was happening in the pre-revolutionary period and actual revolution of France. She is most known for saying, “Let them eat cake” which refers to those who were suffering in famine with hardly any food. These people could barely buy bread let alone cake. As was also mentioned in class, there are those who think Marie Antoinette was just clueless when she supposedly said these words, and others who think she was being deliberatley malicious. Director Sofia Coppola’s film version of Marie Antoinette depicts Marie Antoinette’s words like this:

Let Them Eat Cake- Marie Antoinette Film (video)

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