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Marat / Sade Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 1, Scenes 12, 13, 14, and 15 Summary

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

Scene 12 - Conversation Concerning Life and Death: A question from Marat about the content of some of Sade's writings leads Sade into a long speech in which he maintains death is nothing but an aspect of nature. He offers explicit, gory detail about an execution as an example of how nature let it happen and did nothing, calling it a "passionless spectator." Marat tells him what he's really talking about is his own lack of compassion. Sade says compassion is "the property of the privileged classes" and then accuses Marat of arguing in favor of small emotions when they both know he is really an extremist. Marat argues that they are both extreme, but that he (Marat) is extreme in his actions, inventing meaning in the face of nature's dispassion. "The important thing," he says, "is...

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