The English Civil War portrays many bad judgment calls and morals simultaneously, so it would be easy to find it’s similarities with any other conflict that we can think of. Overall, I believe that it most resembles the French Revolution because of how the war was started. Back in those days, the divine right of kings wasn’t something that people dared to question, so it’s not surprising that the catalyst of both of these situations was a selfish -and somewhat snobbish- monarch that knew better than to heighten and misuse the taxes that he collected. As the public (and the parliamentarians) got more frustrated with the king, battles were fought and the monarchy eventually became less powerful than before. While that is a very lengthy, large-scale event, the English Civil War can also be compared to something as simple as when the common Whos from Whoville changed their opinion on Mayor Agustus Maywho in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Clearly, the mayor had been mistreating people such as the Grinch. Throughout the scene where they award the most festive person, we can tell that the common Whos look a bit uneasy with what the mayor has to say. Even though the Grinch may be the only person speaking up, it does only take one person to start a revolution. He got many people to support him because of his new perspective -and physical attractiveness, obviously-, making him a good leader of the opposing party. As the Grinch leaves back to his cave, he comes up with a fantastic battle strategy such as stealing all the presents in order for the Whos to realize what Christmas really is. This was very effective, making his last victory the fact that Mayor Maywho screwed up his reputation.  When comparing this to the English Civil War, we can assume that the mayor King Charles and that the Grinch is the parliament, Oliver Cromwell, and the people at the same time. We can also assume that the general public’s interchangeable opinion on their favored party is by time in the movie whereas it’s by place in the war.


At the end of the English Civil War, King Charles was beheaded and the office of king was abolished. The Parliament attempted to run the nation without a king, but it didn’t go over very well. Eventually, the monarchy was reintroduced. It was made sure that the power that the monarchy had wasn’t as great as it was before, because they didn’t want the same conflict cycle to start again. After the war separated the people -basically- on religion, there was still a large social gap between the Protestants, Anglicans, and Catholics. Overall, more people slightly lost their trust in the monarchy and began to question religion and the divine right of kings. Following this event, there were still numerous wars that happened within Europe. With so many diverse ideas, lifestyles, and values contained in a country, such problems are inevitable.