French Revolution Essay The ideals of the French Revolution, Equality, Liberty and Fraternity, were supported by proponents of the Revolution during its course, leading a transition from the old regime to the new liberal order. The ideal of Equality was shown on the night of August 4, with the elimination of feudal rights. With the elimination of their hereditary privilege, the aristocracy was subject to the same laws as all other French citizens, creating legal equality. This equality was further manifested in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, making admission to public offices based on capacity, virtue and talent rather than heredity or status. This granted equality marked a shift in power from the privileged aristocracy of the old regime to the growing bourgeoisie class. The ideal of Liberty was also shown in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. The Declaration declared that all men were born and remain free, and had natural rights to liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression. These constitutional rights of freedom and defense of that freedom were the death of the old regime. They gave the bourgeoisie entry to the propertied class, and power in their government, previously controlled by the aristocracy and the monarch alone. The ideal of Fraternity was also exhibited in the Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen. With the abolition of aristocratic privilege and the rights granted by the Declaration, equality was granted to all citizens. The loyalty of this brotherhood had shifted from the monarch to the state, shown by the use of the word "citizen" when referring to fellow residents. This shift of loyalty was yet another example of the transition from the old order to the new. The ideals of Equality, Liberty, and Fraternity, were the driving forces of the French Revolution, and the collapse of the era of aristocratic privilege and power, to the new age with the rise of the bourgeoisie to power.