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The Image Analysis of Marie Antoinette “At age Nineteen on May 16, 1770 Marie became queen of France”(Marie Antoinette Biography) alongside a Twenty year old king Louis XIV. She was expected to isolate herself from her family and birth home of Vienna, Austria. After her marriage to the king of France she was not allowed  to speak of Austria or have any ties with the country itself. Maire “did not adjust well to a married life, for which she was obviously not ready for” (Marie Antoinette Biography). As queen of France, she was not given a role for political power, “her main job was to produce a male heir to continue her husband’s royal line” (Marie Antoinette PBS) and when she was not able to do even that. Many people looked down upon her viewing her as an unfit queen, she was a target of many vicious gossips and scandals, the people would mock her by creating “countless pamphlets accusing Marie Antoinette of ignorance, extravagance and adultery, some featuring salacious cartoons and others dubbing her “Madame Deficit” (Marie Antoinette Biography). Her life and death were viewed as a symbolic representation of “everything that was wrong with the monarchy and the Second Estate” (Marie Antoinette History). Marie Antoinette in modern pop culture is viewed as a spoiled, wasteful, unsympathetic, and frivolous queen. She “bristled at some of the rituals she was expected to perform as a lady of the French royal family”(Marie Antoinette Biography). Because her relationship with king Louis XIV was very distant, Marie became very social. She attended the opera and royal dances, enjoyed gambling and partying late in the night at the palace of Versailles. The queen of France was known for her great spending on luxurious clothing shoes and extravagant hair. Her biggest purchase was the building of  “Hameau de la Reine”, “the model farm built on the palace grounds where Marie and her companions would go to dress up in sheppard dresses and pretend to be milkmaids” (The Queen’s Hamlet).  “When the cost of the queens “Hameau de la Reine”  became widely known the people were furious” (The Queen’s Hamlet. ). At the time of France’s financial crisis Marie’s out of control excessive spending had the people of France enraged. They pinned the blame on her due to her luxurious lifestyle, the lavish parties that she would host and because “she was against the socio-economic and financial reforms of Turgot and finance minister Necker. Jacques Turgot and Jacques Necker, ministers of finance, had tried to ward off bankruptcy by cutting court expenses” (French Revolution: An Overview). “The court, led by the queen, Marie Antoinette would not listen to the word “economy”. Turgot and Necker were dismissed and other ministers took their place” (French Revolution: An Overview). Thus demonstrating the queen being spoiled and unsympathetic towards others, just because she did not agree with  Jacques Turgot and Jacques Necker she had them fired and replaced. The queen of France’s life as a public figure was not simple, was involved in a scandal of a missing diamond necklace, now known as the Affair of the Diamond Necklace. The Affair of the Diamond Necklace took place in 1784-1785. “After returning from Vienna Cardinal Rohan had fallen out of favour with Queen Maria Theresa,” (The Affair of the Diamond Necklace, 1784-1785) who was Marie Antoinette’s mother, thus encouraging the queen of France to exclude Cardinal from her inner circle. Due to that Cardinal was in line to do anything to regain her favour. He met with the Countess De La Motte, a trickster, who claimed to be one of the queen’s friends which was enough to gain Cardinal’s trust. They set up a meeting in the Queen’s Grove, and there an “imposter Marie Antoinette reassured him of a place back in her inner circle. Mme De La Motte discussed with Cardinal, who agreed to buy a necklace on behalf of the queen with a payment of four instalments over Two years” (The Affair of the Diamond Necklace, 1784-1785 ). When the necklace was received Cardinal handed it over to Mme De La Motte who then disappeared with it. The trickster had the necklace broken up and sold in london. The scandal reached the queen and king, Cardinal was arrested and later on declared innocent but was however exiled. “The Countess De La Motte and her accomplices were arrested and judged. Mme De La Motte was branded with a hot iron V for thief and was sent to life in the Salpêtrière prison in Paris,” (The Affair of the Diamond Necklace, 1784-1785) which she later escaped from to England. Although Marie Antoinette was innocent in this scandal, her reputation was badly hurt and never truly recovered.One of the most famous quotes in history is the supposed quote of Marie Antoinette “Let them eat cake”. “It is a saying that shows insensitivity of the realities of life for the unfortunate” (Let Them Eat Cake Dictionary).  On being informed that her French subjects had no bread, The Queen of France supposedly replied with, “Let them eat cake.” “With such a callous remark, the queen became a hated symbol of the decadent monarchy and fueled the revolution”. ( Did Marie-Antoinette Really Say ‘Let Them Eat Cake’?” History )   However there is no evidence that Marie Antoinette ever said the insensitive saying. “The famous philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau included the story of “a great princess” in his “Confessions” in 1766. Whoever uttered those unforgettable words, it was almost certainly not Marie Antoinette, who at the time Rousseau was writing was only 10 years old” (Did Marie-Antoinette Really Say ‘Let Them Eat Cake’?” History).Marie Antoinette has been featured in many films over the years, even though it has been years after she met her fate back in 1793 with death by the guillotine. She is commonly portrayed as a selfish, cold hearted, unsympathetic person who lives a carefree life in Versailles. While the people of france deal with taxes raising , the poor harvest and the food becoming very expensive. People were angered upon hearing stories of lavish parties with great amounts of food thrown at the palace hosted by Marie Antoinette. “The demand for manufactured goods fell, and many artisans, traders and farmers were without work” (French Revolution: An Overview). The film “Marie Antoinette” (2006) contains a modern twist to it, the movie was “intentionally made to look very modern in order to humanize the historical figures involved”(Marie Antoinette Best or Worst Times). It also contains a modern soundtrack that includes post punk bands such as New Order, The Cure, Bow Wow Wow, The Strokes, etc.. Director Coppola “admitted taking great artistics with the source material, and said that the film does not focus simply on historical facts” (Marie Antoinette Best or Worst Times). “This film centers on the loneliness of the queen who is surrounded by a world that knows how to use her but not value and understand her” (Marie Antoinette Best or Worst Times). Marie Antoinette in the eyes of her people was looked upon as an unfit queen. She was was pinned to be the main reason for France’s financial crisis, she was a target of many vicious gossips and scandals, and called names. She is known for her great spending on luxurious clothing shoes and extravagant hair. To this day, many years after her death, there are movies and documentaries of the queen of France some focus the scandals she was involved in and others focus on the history of her life. Many believe that her life and death were viewed as a symbolic representation of “everything that was wrong with the monarchy and the Second Estate” (Marie Antoinette History).

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