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The Shadow Of The Guillotine

               The Shadow Of The Guillotine

What is a guillotine ? It is a device for cutting large quantities
of paper, in commercial use these machines supply reams of 
packaged paper for use in offices around the world, they are
used for many similar uses in many different forms in countries 
all around the world, but the guillotine had a far more sinister 
use that goes back to the tenth century, it was used as an 
execution device used by many forms of government the most 
noted during the period of the 1790's in France. The event was 
known as the French Revolution, were the people of France
were treated really cruel, and the guillotine was a cruel form 
of injustice to anyone who would be caught conspiring against
the then French Government, the commoners in the end rose 
up against the tyranny of the government and their evil dictators 
were executed by their own creation of death, and shown no 
mercy and by the end of the century was under a new ruler, 
Napoleon Bonaparte, he was hailed as a hero of the time, but 
was eventually exiled on an island named Elba. those times are 
now gone but the guillotine still remains with us today though 
it is used for far less violent operations, for simply cutting paper 
in our offices and homes. Which proves even the most evil things 
can be used for good with a little imagination.

Written: 30th December 2013
Summary: How a violent invention became a useful tool in society.

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