Comparative Essay of Francisco Franco and Roman Abramovich
The businessman, soccer team owner, and politician Roman Abramovich compares greatly with Fascist dictator, Army general and head of state, Francisco Franco. Although the two men are from different countries and different periods—Abramovich was born seventy-four years after Franco—their lives have similar characteristics with many similar undertones. The historical events that both these men affected only provide a glimpse of their personalities. However, these same events expose their moral fiber and general makeup, establishing each man’s level of integrity and reputation. We can see, by comparing these men’s lives side by side, that both men were obviously born of the same principles and inner drive.
Francisco Franco was born of humble beginnings in 1892, the son of a Navy paymaster. Although his mother descended from Portuguese royalty, he did not have the luxuries of life typically available to those reaching such high social and political standings. Though his professional expectations laid his future out for him, external elements changed his life’s direction. He was expected to follow his father’s example and enter the Navy. However, this changed when the naval academy temporarily closed to officer candidates because of the end of the Spanish-American War providing a surplus of officers. When he could not enter the Navy, he entered the Army. This shows how politically related events changed his life unexpectedly.
Roman Abramovich had similar humble beginnings; however, his were marked by tragic events. Born in 1966, Abramovich was the son of a construction supplier and his mother was a musician. He lost both his parents while he was still a very young child. His mother died because of an infection from a back alley abortion, and his father was killed in an accident on a construction site. While he was in college, he was drafted into the Russian Army. These events directed his life along a different path than what might have otherwise happened.
Both men had political decisions profoundly affect the beginnings of their careers. Franco saw rapid promotion in the Army because of heavy losses among Spanish military officers. This loss of officers made it possible for the remaining lower ranking officers to earn rapid promotion through merit resulting from military action or, as it was phrased at the time, “a coffin or a General’s sash.” A war-related injury further catapulted this advancement toward success. At the age of 23 and already a captain, he was badly wounded in a skirmish. As a result, he was recommended for gallantry but promoted instead to major, becoming the youngest first grade officer in the Spanish Army— the beginning of profound success coming through unusual means.
Abramovich’s early success also came because of chance and political events. His business career started as the result of a wedding gift from his first wife’s parents, which he invested in black...