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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 amoral man, rootless and incapable of personal friendships, he looked on his fellow humans as mere bricks in the world structure he wished to erect. He knew how to appeal to people's baser instincts and made use of their fears and insecurities. He was successful, however, only because many Germans were willing to be led, even though his program was one of hatred and violence. His impact was wholly destructive, and nothing of what he instituted and built survived. Hitler used his great orating skills and his charismatic personality to attack four major targets in his speeches. The Treaty of Versailles, the Weimar Republic, the Jewish population, and the Communists were also used by Hitler to blame the problems of the Germans on. Two of these targets, the Treaty of Versailles and the Weimar Republic, are justified as causing many of the problems of Germany but the other two were just part of Hitlers solution. The circumstances surrounding the way the leader came to power is just as important as their personality. The Treaty of Versailles and the Weimar Republic are two of those circumstances that allowed Hitler to rise to power. They were both apart of Germany after they lost World War I. The Germans surrendered unconditionally and were forced to limit their army to only 100,000 men, eliminate the navy except for a few light battleships, pay reparations to the winning side, sign a war guilt clause excepting all responsibility of the war, and hand over the Rhineland as a demilitarized zone. The fact that the Germans had to pay a lot in the form of reparations led to the downfall of the German economy and Hitler used this to blame some of the German problems. The shame of the German nation was definitely one of the most influential circumstances that allowed Hitler to come to power. The Treaty of Versailles caused the German government to mass print more paper currency to pay the reparations and because of this it caused massive inflation. Hitler blamed this on the Jews...
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