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Marat / Sade Study Guide & Plot Summary

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Plot Summary

Act I

Marat/Sade is set in the bath hall of an insane asylum at Charenton; the time is some years after the French Revolution. The play opens with the Marquis de Sade undertaking some last minute preparations for a play he has written with the parts to be played by inmates of the asylum. Invited to watch this spectacle are members of the French aristocracy, specifically Coulmier, the director of the clinic, and his family. Sade gives a signal and Coulmier and his family enter as the actors, a scraggly lot of patients from the asylum, wait tensely.

Coulmier introduces this play within a play by describing the modern advanced treatment at Charenton, which mcludes therapy through education and art. The Herald points out the main characters-Sade who is seated in his dais, Jean-Paul Marat who is placed in his bath, and Charlotte Corday. There is also...

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