The People of France believed that the crown was abusing their power and that they were imprisoning people without just cause. They decided that a good way to symbolically get rid of their oppression was to take over the Bastille. By doing this they would destroy a symbol of suffering and unequal distribution of power. Why did they choose to destroy the Bastille and not any other thing?
On July 14 1789 the storming of the Bastille started and they began to attempt to break into the Bastille. They ended up overwhelming the guards and getting into the Bastille to free, or kill the political prisoners that were being held there. This was a big flip in the power between the revolution and the monarchy. What is the significance to the storming of the Bastille?
After they stormed the Bastille and took it over they decided that they wanted to destroy the prison because it was a symbol of the monarchy. They had to destroy it using picks and hammers because they did not have modern construction equipment. The destruction of the Bastille gave the revolution hope and new energy to fight the monarchy. Why did they destroy the Bastille instead of using it to their advantage?