The Persecution And Assassination Of Jean Paul Marat

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In The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade, Peter Weiss placed a historic revolutionary setting inside of a chaotic insane asylum. Sex and violence dominate revolution, madness blends with reason, and political ideologies battle head-to-head while the plot unfolds. Marat/Sade focuses on a play authored by the Marquis de Sade inside of the play itself. Weiss, writing in the voice of Sade, could not ignore the sexual perversions of the historical figure, which allowed for the shocking violence and sexualization that can be found within the play. Under the inflated political rhetoric among the two leading ideologists, Jean-Paul Marat and the Marquis de Sade, the story is one about the French Revolution. Specifically, Marat/Sade tells the story of the murder of Marat by Charlotte Corday. Sade’s characterization of Corday as the sexualized female begins with the Herald’s introduction of her. His description predominately includes her physical features. Her “phenomenally pulchritudinous” appearance includes stylish shoes and a cloth around her neck. Only a thin veil covers her otherwise exposed breasts. These images appear in the first introduction of Corday and create conflict for the woman portraying her, as well as affect Sade’s character of Corday in her carrying out of the plot to kill Marat. However, the effect on the latter is not a negative one. The sexual

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