Consider carefully the following extract from Stendhal’s A Life of Napoleon and consider both of the following questions 1 W

He never allowed his affluence overcome his work, decisions and judgement. He got carried away to the extent of agitation when his fervor met with resistance, thus far more inclined to companionship than to permanent detestation, he was known as a person stained by some of the unavoidable vices of a subjugator, yet no further wastage of blood. Stendhal found some grave faults with the character and he stated that, Napoleon was at crucial moments fatally soft-hearted, sentimental, full of illusion and thoroughly misguided (The Open University, 2004). In this regard Stendhal stated, Thirteen and a half years of success turned Alexander the Great into a kind of madman. Good fortune of exactly the same duration produced the same madness in Napoleon (The Open University, 2004). He was a character that remained unmoved to humanity. He has been compared with Caesar throughout the text and this fact would continue to diminish the fame of Alexander or Frederick the Great (The Open University, 2004). He was never referred to as a tyrant and as per Stendhal, Although violent and unrestrained in his fits of temper, he was neither cruel nor vindictive (The Open University, 2004). It has been rightly mentioned in the text that, Napoleon was steeped in classical history (The Open University, 2004). As an emperor he was innovative enough to find out ways to tackle situations. During the conclusion of the last century, Napoleon ruled the French throne and in due course the entire country stood against him claiming a constitutional and free rule. However Bonaparte utilized the idea of counter revolution to work for his own benefit that was intended at leaving nothing new in the state, as it were, except himself (The Open University, 2004). It can be said that Napoleon happened to be a proud ruler who was satisfied with his own achievements. He stated in his memoirs, From nothing I raised myself to be the most powerful monarch in the world (The Open University, 2004). Napoleon took part in several battles throughout the world which resulted in inundation of bloodshed however in none of the battles, except the combat in Spain, he attacked initially from his part. He kept on conquering places with the aim of inviting new changes within the entire European continent. He decided to transform the entire Europe into an enormous kingdom. This arrangement, if it was ever feasible, was his lone justification for not having reformed the regions that were dominated by him, and as he failed to convert them into backing for France, through the means of forcing them to follow the similar ethical route. The future generation will view this as a tactic of prevention of the battle from the neighboring regions where the conqueror had stretched out his empire. In his memoirs, Napoleon clearly stated that, I sincerely thought that the fate of France and Europe and my own destiny were permanently fixed (The Open University, 2004). This shows how much the king was attached to his kingdom. He even mentioned that,