The Marquis de Sade Page 3

The Marquis de Sade Page 3

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  • His most famous work, "Justine"  is about a 12-year-old girl who sets out in pre-revolutionary France in a quest for virtue.
  • "And after all, is not virtue its own reward?" (Justine).
  • Despite her sweet and virtuous nature, Justine is subjected to a series of sexual abuses such as being held captive in a cave and used as a sex slave.
  • Mwa ha ha
  • Please, let me go!
  • In 1801, Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the arrest of the anonymous author of "Justine." The Marquis was arrested in his publisher's office and imprisoned without trial.
  • This book is blasphemous!
  • Yes, your Majesty. You are so right and so tall.
  • Let's take it from the top of Scene 2!
  • Eventually, the Marquis was moved to the Charenton Asylum in Paris. The director of the asylum, Abbé de Coulmier, allowed the Marquis to stage some of his plays with the inmates as actors.
  • "...Madame, I have become a whore through good-will and libertine through virtue..." (Justine). 
  • Please, I just want a pen!
  • In 1809, the government ordered for the Marquis to stop all theatrical performances, be placed in solitary confinement and deprived of pens and paper.
  • The Marquis died at Charenton on December 2, 1814.  His writings were banned in France until 1960 due to their sexually explicit and blasphemous nature. His scandalous work challenged ideas of religion, sexuality, morality, and other themes in French literature and society.
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