There were many factors that played into the start of the French Revolution. One factor was the extravagant living and significant amount of spending from the monarchy King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This put their nation in a debt leaving them in a financial crisis. Another factor was the storming of the Bastille. When the people attacked the Bastille, it signified their oppression and the end of autocratic rule of monarchy.
I would say the French Revolution was a success. One reason why I would consider it a success would be because after the Revolution they were able to form a new stable government. "In 1791 the National Assembly finally completed its constitution. It created a new legislative body called the Legislative Assembly. Citizens gained broad voting rights, but only 25 years old had the right to vote"(599). This shows us how much the government has improved because before voting each person got different amount of votes based on their estate.
Also the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted which laid out the basic principles of the French Revolution-"liberty, equality, fraternity [brotherhood]."