Marat / Sade Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Act 1, Scenes 1, 2, and 3

* The cast, Sade, and Coulmier enter the bathhouse

* Coulmier welcomes the audience to the play

* The Herald signals the beginning of the play.

Act 1, Scene 4

* The Herald introduces the characters of the play

* The Herald introduces the Marquis de Sade

* The Herald calls for the opening song

Act 1, Scenes 5 and 6

* The actors explain the political situation of 1793.

* The actors call upon Marat for help.

* Coulmier warns the players to be more objective in their historical representations.

Act 1, Scenes 7, 8, and 9

* The Herald introduces Corday

* Marat feverishly works on his call to the nation.

* Corday visits Marat the first time and nearly stabs him

Act 1, Scenes 10 and 11

* Corday arrives in Paris.

* Corday describes the horrors of the Revolution.

* Marat rants against the fear of the aristocracy

Act 1, Scenes 12, 13, 14, and 15

* Sade and Marat argue the merits of violent social action.

* Marat lambastes the Church.

* Marat decries the inclusion...

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