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Marat / Sade Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 1, Scene 4 Summary

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Act 1, Scene 4 Summary

Presentation: The Herald speaks to The Audience, introducing the characters and actors playing the five central roles in Sade's Play. Marat is an intellectual suffering from a skin disease, which makes him spend hours at a time in his bath to ease his constant itching, and an inmate suffering from paranoia and being treated by hydrotherapy portrays him. An inmate portraying Simonne, an intellectual and financial supporter of Marat, attends him. The ailment of the inmate playing her is never defined, but her repetitive and compulsive attention to Marat and his bandages indicates that she is perhaps obsessive compulsive, autistic, or schizophrenic. Corday is described as coming from an aristocratic family, being well dressed, and having a high sex drive. The Herald describes the inmate playing her as suffering from depression and narcolepsy, an uncontrollable tendency to fall asleep.

Other characters are also introduced. A...

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