The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What was Sade's last wish to be respected?

Sade's last wish to be respected regarded his death. Sade wished that upon his burial, the grass will grow over his grave, and his memory will fade out of the minds of men.

2. What do Sade's admirers admit about Sade's work?

Even Sade's admirers agree with those who disregard Sade. His admirers believe his work to be unreadable and incoherent.

3. Through what "relationship" does Sade "compel our attention"?

Our attention is compelled through a balance of two "pieces" of Sade. The balance comes from our regard for him as an author and as a sexual pervert. To be compelling, both sides of Sade must be included.

4. What was the description of Sade from March 1793?

There were many physical descriptions of Sade. The description in March, 1793, of Sade detailed him as follows: "five feet two inches tall with almost white hair, a round face with a receding hairline, with blue eyes and a medium nose."

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