France in the 1800's

By: Elora Blackburn and Kayli Ryals


The marriages of the 1800's were arranged mostly by the parents, though the children did get to help choose and have say in to what they wanted in their partner, the chosen person was usually picked based on their economic state . The two chosen were able to go through a time called courting where the woman and man got to socialize with one another and become closer. The men usually married when they reached their twenties. Before proposing the men would finish their education and have attained a good financial security before marriage. The women however would complete their domestic training and relax knowing they didn't have a million responsibilities yet, such as cleaning the household and taking care of the children.


  • Aristocrats: They would move their houses as far from the poor people as they possibly could, and they would ride in carriages while everyone else usually walked. While they luxuriated, their servants worked for them to keep up their income. The aristocrats took vacations to the country when they got bored of the city. They usually had big tubs and got to bathe at least once a week which was uncommon back then. Their upper class got them to be able to attend feasts, participate in theater and more luxurious activities.
  • Bourgeoisie: The bourgeoisie had comfortable living situations. They didn't live as fine a life as the aristocrats but they were well off. They weren't as ignored and treated like trash as the proletariat.
  • Proletariat: The proletariat didn't have very good houses, their houses were usually not perfectly built and defiantly were easily noticed that they were low class.


  • Aristocrats: The aristocrats at this time dominated most of the economy, politics, and society. They actually possessed about 33% of the nations income and paid very little income tax. Most of them inherited great amounts of wealth and land and also made money from developments for things such as technology, law, and medicine.
  • Bourgeoisie: The bourgeoisie worked in a very large amount of different jobs. They worked in stuff like businesses, hospitals, academies, engineers, chemists, and many more.
  • Proletariat: Although the proletariat weren't very wealthy at all, they were more important than the upper classes thought they were. In the work world, they were the hardest workers. They also did the harder, work inducing jobs that the upper classes wouldn't do. They were quite proud of their work achievements.


  • Aristocrats: The aristocrats education played a very important role in keeping up with their reputation. They went to the best schools and learned things such as etiquette, and how to play an important role in the world.
  • Bourgeoisie: The bourgeoisie parents cared a great deal about their children's education. They usually let their kids progress their education in a chance to go to university. Most middle class children learned to read books and write music at a very young age with help of tutors most of the time.
  • Proletariat: They had very little or no education, nobody really gave much care to this group considering their low class state and economy. They could learn from each other and were very lucky if able to attend a good school, if one at all.


  • Aristocrats: The aristocrats got a lot of money and spent a big deal of it on food. They could easily spend $10,000 just on meat alone. They had feasts, and dined at the finest places.
  • Bourgeoisie: The bourgeoisie got about $10,000 income and spent 33% of their pay on food. They loved to have feasts and just stuff their faces until they felt like they would explode.
  • Proletariat: The proletariat had to make their own food from what they grew or could find. They weren't served rich feasts like the upper class aristocrats. But something to eat was better than nothing of course.


  • Aristocrats: The aristocrats had very well crafted clothing, and had a large variety of choices for their clothing unlike the proletariat. They of course needed their extra fancy outfits for attending their plays and luxurious activities and entertainment. Then they would have a Sunday's best and not what i'd call casual but fancy everyday wear when not busy. The girls also had big fancy dresses.
  • Bourgeoisie: The bourgeoisie cared very much about what they wore and what they looked like. Although they weren't as wealthy as the aristocrats, they had a very large variety of clothing options. They usually had a different outfit for every occasion. Work, church, parties, and leisure weekends all called for different outfit choices.
  • Proletariat's: Most of their clothes were always dirty considering they rarely got to bathe and they had to do all the hard dirty work. They had no fancy clothes that's for sure. The color of their clothes were usually shades of dark and light brown. A girl would feel so lucky if she was some how given a colored dress or cute pair of shoes.