What is the central theme of the play Marat/Sade?

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In relation to the central theme of class conflict, Weiss appears to be suggesting that the French Revolution, though a step in the right direction towards enduring social and political change, didn't go far enough. All of the three competing factions at the asylum—represented by Marat, Sade, and Coulmier—want to remain firmly in control. That being the case, they're not prepared to let the inmates take over. The old ruling classes may have gone, but they've simply been replaced by new authority figures, who are every bit as corrupted by power as the aristocrats they replaced.

Marat is praised by the inmates for his...

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