Research the French Revolution of the eighteenth century and the civil rights and antiwar movements in the U.S. in the 1960s. Discuss the similarities and differences in these events and the two time periods.
Were Sade and Marat insane? Why or why not?
Research how the Nazis treated artists in the 1930s and 1940s. How may this have influenced Weiss's work?
Look at the characters of Sade, Marat, and Coulmier. Name three contemporary characters, real or fictional, that seem most similar to them and illustrate how they are alike.