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How does La Marseillaise and another song of your choice convey the image of French people?

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How does La Marseillaise and another song of your choice convey the image of French people? During the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, songs were an extremely popular and effective way of communicating in France: their memorable and lively tune would make it easy for all sectors of society to understand the message that was trying to be made. Songs like La Marseillaise and La Marseillaise des cotillons reflect the problems and the general atmosphere of the time when they written. Hence, they are of great use to modern historians who are interested in this era, because they represent the mood amongst the French, allowing historians to create an image of France's situation. The infamous La Marseillaise was written in 1792 during the French Revolution by Claude-Hoseph Rouget de Lisle for the mayor of Strasbourg, to obtain public support and troops for the war, and so it creates various images of France and of its people. The songs calls for French people to unite and fight against 'la tyrannie' which they have endured due to their careless monarchs. ...read more.

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Furthermore, they seem xenophobic, as it says 'Quoi! Des cohortes �trang�res/feraient la loi dans nos foyers?'. Although, the song embodies fraternity it is made clear, that it is exclusively for French people only. La Marseillaise displays France as being a militaristic country. It is no surprise that this song portrays this image of France for the song was originally entitled 'Chant de guerre de l'arm�e du Rhin', highlighting that it was designed for war purposes. The song has an extensive amount of military vocabulary, such as 'cohortes', 'guerriers', 'soldat', emphasising the France's desire to fight for a democracy. Moreover, the enemy is depicted as 'de vils despotes', which accentuates French people's positive action in fighting against the monarchy. Consequently, the song is full of vocabulary evoking victory, such as in the last stanza where the song calls for 'tes ennemis.../voient ton triomphe et notre gloire'. This therefore, creates an image of a glorious and invincible nation. La Marseillaise creates the image of a patriarchal nation for it excludes women. The song's language exclusively revers to men for it says 'egorger vos fils, vos compagenes' and 'que la victoire/Accoure � tes m�les accents'. ...read more.

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As a result, they threaten to do a revolution if 'l'homme en l'an 93/eut soin de penser qu'� lui/faisons nous une Marseillaise!'. The language used in both songs shows the different level of education in France. La Marseillaise is a far more eloquent song, full of new words such as 'citoyens' and expressive images like 'la terre en produit de nouveaux/contre vous tout pr�ts � se battre', whereas the language used in La Marseillaise des cotillons is more colloquial. Although the writer of La Marseillaise des cotillions is anonymous; the difference in the language between the two songs is significant, as the fluency of La Marseillaise reinforces the intellectual superiority of men and thus shows the difference in education of both sexes during this era in France. In conclusion, both songs create different images of France and of its People. La Marseillaise portays a militaristic, nationalistic, sexist country who wishes to defeat the national enemy to maintain the republic. Whereas La Marseillaise des cotillons presents determined women who wish to share the same right's as men. Although the demands expressed in both song's are distinct, they both portray a nation full of determined people who are fighting for their ideals in order to make a country where 'libert�, �galit� and fraternit�' exists. ...read more.

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