Reflections on the Revolution in France Questions and Answers
by Edmund Burke

Start Your Free Trial

Explain the following quote from Reflections on the Revolution in France: "On this scheme of things, a king is but a man; a queen is but a woman; a woman is but an animal; and an animal not of the highest order".

Expert Answers info

Colin Cavendish-Jones, Ph.D. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseCollege Professor, Lawyer

bookM.A. from Oxford University

bookPh.D. from St. Andrews University

calendarEducator since 2019

write3,061 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

Burke writes that according to the philosophy he is describing (as well as critiquing and, indeed, satirizing) everyone is so drastically equal that we are all reduced to the lowest common denominator. The absurdity of the idea is shown by the breakdown of logic in the final clause, for the notion Burke is criticizing is precisely that there is no highest or lowest order of anything. If people are all the...

(The entire section contains 216 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial