(1789) This picture shows a peasant carrying a clergy man and a noble. They each respectively represent the Third, First, and Second estates. The First Estate was comprised of clergy men like priests, bishops, cardinals, etc. They are represented by the man in purple wearing the gold cross. The Second Estate was made up of the nobility such at the king and lords. They are represented by the man in red and blue with a sword. Finally, the Third Estate is represented by the poor old man carrying the other two men on his back. Like most peasants at the time, the man looks tired, worn, and is depicted wearing torn and tattered clothes. This cartoon demonstrates how dependent the First and Second Estates were on the Third Estate. If the Third Estate didn’t work the fields, do the chores, and serve the lords/clergy men, the First and Second Estates would be lost and starving. The description at the bottom of the picture translates to, “You should hope that this game will be over soon.” This tells us that this cartoon was probably written by someone in the Third Estate or someone who sympathized with the Third Estate. It also foreshadows the near future and the start of the Revolution by the Third Estate.
Karla Korson, HIS 101, Spring 2014 (1/29/14)