The Death of Marat

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The Death of Marat


The Death of Marat is a politically-charged piece dealing with a major event of the time. In this case, it is the murder of Jean-Paul Marat, a radical political theorist, friend of David, and key figure of the French Revolution.


Marat was writing while in his bathtub. Outfitted with a wooden board, his tub also served as a makeshift desk, as the discomfort of a chronic skin condition often confined him to the bath. As he was working, his wife informed him that he had a visitor named Charlotte Corday. Corday claimed to have confidential information about a group of fugitive Girondins, piquing Marat’s interests. Against his wife’s wishes, he invited the stranger to sit by his bath so he could write down the names of the offenders.

At the end of the conversation, Corday—an undercover Girondin sympathizer—unexpectedly pulled a 5-inch knife from her dress. She quickly plunged it into Marat’s heart, and then hid in his home, where she was eventually found and arrested. Marat called for his wife, but nothing could be done; he was dead within seconds.


Jacques-Louis David




Rhea Ganguli


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Jacques-Louis David, “The Death of Marat,” Enlightenmens, accessed August 10, 2022,

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