Throughout the course of history, there have always been people obsessed with power. This goes without say for the man that was called “Il Duce,” or “The Boss.” Benito Mussolini ruled Italy with an iron fist and to him the only thing that mattered to him was power. His dream had been to restore the glory of the Ancient Roman Empire to Italy, but he only accomplished the opposite. His Fascist and selfish views brought not only the destruction of his entire country, but of himself.
Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was born in the Northern Countryside of Italy in the small town of Predappio on July 29, 1883. He was the child of Rosa and Allesandro Mussolini, and they as a family were better off than most in the town. Benito’s mother worked as a Catholic schoolteacher, and they were able to live in the building that housed the school. Benito’s father was a blacksmith, and had a passion for politics, as he was a devoted socialist. As Benito grew older, his father would take him to socialist meetings and immersed him in the world of politics. This was one of the only connections between Benito and his father, as he seemed more interested in his passions than his own son.
As Benito entered school, he had a tough time with his own behavior, and he was viewed as a bully by his classmates. His parents sent him to a Catholic boarding school at the age of eight due to his behavior. Throughout his time in school he was suspended many times, and even expelled at the age of eleven for stabbing a classmate with a pocketknife. He was transferred to different school where he also struggled. Benito may have gained this attitude of defiance from his father who taught him socialist values, and encouraged him to defy authority. He eventually completed school and received his certificate of teaching at the age of 18.
In July of 1902, after a year of being a teacher in Predappio, Benito left home and crossed the border from Italy into Switzerland. He was escaping the possibility of military enlistment. He found work in a labor union in the town of Lausanne, and most of the members were active socialists. He became one of the loudest voices in the group, and his radical views had him rallying against the king, the church, and the government, all of these things being what his father taught him to despise. He found himself getting into trouble again and again with the law for political agitation.
Mussolini continued on his socialist path, which brought him many places. After being arrested and sent back to Italy from Switzerland for protesting, he then served in the military from the beginning of 1905 to the end of 1906. He then went back to teaching and writing for various newspapers in Italy. This was when Mussolini met his future wife, Rachele Guidi, who he would have five children with.
In the years leading up to World War I, Mussolini’s activity as a socialist and recognition as a political figure increased drastically. In 1911, He was appointed editor of the...