Analysis Of De Sade 's ' The Misfortunes Of Virtue '

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Whether or not you accede with the themes in Marquis De Sade’s “Misfortunes of Virtue”, there is no doubt his works are some of the most inciting to have ever been constructed. Although Marquis debates several beliefs in his works, he focuses on one in “The Misfortunes of Virtue” that seems shaky. The theory of Vice versus Virtue in the words of De Sade has no logical aspect to it, at least to a “down to earth human being”. De Sade once said,” In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.” De Sade’s conception of vice and virtue is nowhere near what we perceive it to be. Though, through the utilization of multiple characters, his neutral stance and erroneous logic, we as readers can sift through the differences and visually perceive the authentic meaning of vice and virtue by using common day human logic and experiences to construct a more up to date version of De Sade’s “Vice and Virtue”. Throughout De Sade’s “Misfortunes of Virtue” his writing is meant to have a neutral stance and come off in a way that De Sade lives vicariously through the characters in order to display his beliefs. With his characters, De Sade argues the theory of Vice versus Virtue and attempts to make the example that there simply is no difference between the two. De Sade believes “There is only human kind’s selfish goal of self-preservation and seeking pleasure”. According to Webster’s dictionary, virtue is defined as: the moral excellence of a person. A morally excellent…
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