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Adolf Hitler: The Perfect Great Man

Name: Darcey McKay
Course: Political Science 12
Teacher: Mr. Plato
Due Date: Jan. 19, 2004

Adolf Hitler: The Perfect Great Man

Thesis Statement: Adolf Hitler can be considered a Great Man according to Thomas Carlyles Great Man Theory because Hitlers rise to power fits every aspect of the Great Man Theory and Hitler can be considered one of the most perfect examples of a Great Man.

A man does not have to be considered to be a good person to be a great man according to the Great Man Theory of Thomas Carlyle. In fact, most great men are actually quite evil do a lot of harm in their time. Adolf Hitler, former leader of the Nazi Party and Germany is considered to be a great man. The profile of a great man can also be considered the profile of Hitler in this case because all aspects of Hitler and how he came to power equally match that of Carlyles theory. All of the characteristics and components of Carlyles theory are relevant when looking at Hitler and because of this Hitler is considered to be a Great Man. There are two key elements in the Great Man Theory and they are the personality of the leader and the circumstances that allow them to come to power. They are both equally important to enable the leader to come to power and for them to be considered a great man according to Carlyle. The leader has to have a very good personality and has to have an abundance of charisma. Adolf Hitler had charisma. People who do not even know how to speak German and do not understand the language know how powerful Hitler was as an orator with great speaking skills. Some people say that his actual speeches, in words, were not that great but that, Hitler had a forceful, charismatic personality. An...