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An Analytical Critique of Lorna Bermans The Marquis de Sade and his Critics Since the beginning of this semester we have been studying the idea of utopia in literature and of a perfect society in accordance with the different time periods each was written Possibly the most intriguing author I believe we have considered so far has had to have been the Marquis de Sade In our quest to define utopia no writer has expanded upon the subject of the liberty of the individual more so than Sade De Sades work strips away such nonsensical haughty philosophies of personal and social liberties for what he believes to be the most vital pursuit of all the pursuit attainment and undoubted carnal consumption of simple raw and unadulterated sexual pleasure Freedom to Sade consisted of total sexual liberation as a natural and necessary impulse The power to dominate and bend such flesh to his characters every whim the essence of his work In her article The Marquis de Sade and his Critics Lorna Berman examines the influence of the Sade over society today and attempts to help partially clarify the nature of his writings and the responses his work has been given from both reader and critic alike Through careful investigation she puts forth the argument that the Marquis de Sade may not deserve the sadistic reputation his name carries after all But instead sees the problem with those that have banned his works out of fear of just such a latent destructive impulse in human nature Berman starts out her article with two definitions of the word obscene and concludes that it would seem that a work is generally considered to be more or less obscene if it contains bad language expresses or arouses a sordid interest in sex and excretion or if it is immoral
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