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Napoleon Bonaparte was remembered as the General and leader of the French army, the ruler of France as their First Consul, and the Emperor of France. Some thought positive of Napoleon, others thought negative of him, and Napoleon himself obviously thought positive of himself, too:

ÐЎЧNapoleon was a brilliant military commander who carefully planned each campaign, using speed, deception, and surprise to confuse and demoralize his opponents.ÐÐŽÐЁ

-Marvin Perry (Perry, 122)
ÐЎЧI closed the gulf of anarchy and brought order out of chaos. I rewarded merit regardless of birth or wealth, wherever I found it. I abolished feudalism and restored equality to all regardless of religion and before the law. I fought the decrepit monarchies of the Old Regime because the alternative was the destruction of all this. I purified the Revolution.ÐÐŽÐЁ

-Napoleon Bonaparte (Chew)
But, who was Napoleon Bonaparte really? He was the ÐЎЧheroic idealÐÐŽÐЁ to some (Christ). And what mattered about Napoleon was not the man himself but the idea that he stood for in the minds of his contemporaries. Napoleon embodied the ÐЎЧheroic idealÐÐŽÐЁ of the Enlightenment aspect of the French Revolution. This whole dilemma about who Napoleon really was is basically a situation of ÐЎЧReality vs. PerceptionÐÐŽÐЁ (Carey). The appeal of Napoleon being the ÐЎЧheroic idealÐÐŽÐЁ developed upon perspective:

ÐЎЧWhat a thing is imagination! Here are men who donÐЎЦt know me, who have never seen me, but who only knew of me, and they are moved by my prescence, they would do anything for me!ÐÐŽÐЁ

-Napoleon Bonaparte (Bonaparte, 123)
Some people, who have never met Napoleon, who have only heard of him, want to criticize his ideas and beliefs without fully knowing who he is. For example, Percy Bysshe Shelley, the author of the sonnet ÐЎЧOzymandias,ÐÐŽÐЁ thought of Napoleon as an arrogant and egotistical tyrant. He thought of him this way, for Napoleon embodied the ideal of the Enlightenment concept instead of the Romantic concept, which Shelley believed was right for the country of France. Because of this, in his piece ÐЎЧOzymandias,ÐÐŽÐЁ the subject in the sonnet is very self-centered about his works:

ÐЎЧMy name is Ozymandias, King of Kings, ЄÐÑ- (Emperor of France)
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!ÐÐŽÐЁ
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (Shelley)
If Napoleon was a believer of the Romantic concept and fulfilled the aspects of the Romantic concept, then Shelley would have thought of Napoleon in a more positive way. Beethoven, on the other hand, thought of Napoleon very positively. He thought of Napoleon so positively and believed in his ideas so much, that he dedicated Symphony No. 3 ÐЎЧEroicaÐÐŽÐЁ to Napoleon (Symphony No.3 (Beethoven)). He believed in the heroism of Napoleon. Since Napoleon was the ÐЎЧheroic idealÐÐŽÐЁ of the Enlightenment, and believed in the concept of the Enlightenment, Beethoven idolized him, but not for long. After Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804, Beethoven lost faith in Napoleon because he became selfish. The reason Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of France was because the Pope at the time, was going to crown him Emperor. But if Napoleon let the Pope crown him Emperor, then the Pope would also at the same time have the power to dethrone him. So, Napoleon did not want to give him the power of doing that. After this event, Beethoven had the same thoughts of Napoleon as Percy Bysshe Shelley did, that Napoleon was a tyrant. Beethoven took away the dedication to Napoleon away from his symphony. Unlike Beethoven and Shelley, Jacques-Louis David thought of Napoleon as a ÐЎЧheroic idealÐÐŽÐЁ from the time that David met Napoleon to the end. He thought of Napoleon this way, for Napoleon was paying David to promote him this way (Carey). That was what money could get Napoleon. Napoleon paid David to promote him as a great leader. David portrayed Napoleon as a great General in his painting ÐЎЧNapoleon at Saint Bernard.ÐÐŽÐЁ In the painting, Napoleon is riding on his horse, as he leads his army through the Swiss Alps. So, as long as David was being paid to do this, he would promote Napoleon as the best Emperor, the best General, the Leader, whatever Napoleon wanted David to promote him as. Since Napoleon was paying David to promote him as a great leader, he must have believed in himself the same way. Napoleon, who wrote ÐЎЧThe Napoleonic Code,ÐÐŽÐЁ wrote this document to show how great of a leader he wanted the country of France to see he was. The zeitgeist of the French Revolution reflects on FranceÐЎЦs view on Napoleon as a hero during the French Revolution, and how it ÐЎЧreformedÐÐŽÐЁ from King Louis XVIÐЎЦs rule in the era of ÐЎЧOld FranceÐÐŽÐЁ to the rule of Napoleon during the era of the new, improved France.

Napoleon wanted the country of France to know how much he cared for the country and how he would do anything to ÐЎЧreformÐÐŽÐЁ from the rule of King Louis XVI. The way he showed France, was by creating a document that would go down in the history of France. The ÐЎЧNapoleonic CodeÐÐŽÐЁ, which was formally known as the Code Civil des Francais, or the Civil Code of the French, was personally written by Napoleon in 1804. It was to only deal with civil law issues, such as ÐЎЧfiliation and propertyÐÐŽÐЁ (Napoleonic Code). But according to Napoleon, this document was intended to ÐЎЧreform the French legal system in accordance with the principles of the French RevolutionÐÐŽÐЁ (Napoleonic Code). Before this document, under the reign of King Louis XVI, France did not have any kind of laws. It only had ÐЎЧlocal customs and special charterÐÐŽÐЁ (Napoleonic Code) that were permitted by the king or other men of high power (Napoleonic Code). For Napoleon to create this document and turn it into the government

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