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Our play's chief aim has been to take to bits

Great propositions and their opposites,

See how they work, and let them fight it out,

To point some light on our eternal doubt.

Marat and I both advocated force

But in debate each took a different course.

Both wanted changes, but his views and mine

On using power never could combine.

On the one side, he who thinks our lives

Can be improved by axes and knives,

Or he who, submerged in the imagination,

Seeking a personal annihilation.

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (often shortened to Marat/Sade, for simplicity's sake) is a 1963 play by Peter Weiss which tells the story of, well...the title sort of covers that.

A brilliant play-within-a-play, the principal characters of the Tragedy are played by inmates with various wacky little quirks, ranging from narcolepsy to paranoid schizophrenia. Hilarity Ensues.

Oh, did we mention that this is also a musical?

The film-version, which was made by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is excellent. It can be watched (for the moment) on YouTube.

There is also the 1967 film adaptation, directed by Adrian Mitchell.

Tropes used in Marat Sade include:

 What's the point of a re-vo-lution...

without general...

general copulation, copulation, copulation, COPULATION!!

Woe to the man who is different, who tries to break down all the barriers. Woe to the man who tries to stretch the imagination of Man. He shall be mocked. He shall be scourged by the blinkered guardians of morality. You wanted enlightenment and warmth and so you studied light and heat. You wondered how forces can be controlled so you studied electricity. You wanted to know what man is for so you asked yourself, "What is this soul this dump for hollow ideals and mangled morals?" You decided that the soul is in the brain, and that it can learn to think--For to you the soul is a practical thing a tool for ruling and mastering life. And you came one day to the Revolution because you saw the most important vision: That our circumstances must be changed fundamentally, and without these changes everything we try to do must fail.
Jacques Roux, speaking about Marat
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