The cartoon depicts a man carrying three figures on his back. Chained and bloody the man struggles beneath the weight of not only the riders' wide bodies, but also the many privileges they enjoy, as recored on the papers each holds in his hands. In front sites an aristocrat with a whip and rights to land. A bishop is on his shoulders holding his powers to have a church tax. Behind him sits a judge who dominated the French governments. The man they are riding on is the French people who carry the burden of France. He is symbolically naked, starving, and in chains. This captures the mood of the common French people on the eve of the French Revolution.