Through the film, "Quills", support the thesis Statement: History is driven not just by action, but by ideas, which in turn fulfill their meaning through consequences.

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Ideas only become powerful tools in history once they are transformed into actions. With action come consequences, whether they are good or bad. The interaction between actions and consequences gently mold the society we have today. However, we must always consider that the present ideas, beliefs, and philosophies are the ones which push us into performing those actions. Therefore, ideas are really the ones which drive us into doing something.

The film "Quills" explores the life of Marquis de Sade during his imprisonment in the Cheraton Asylum. I believe that it was Marquis de Sade's ideas that drove the people of asylum to think he was "insane". His idea of fiction was totally different from that of Coulmier's. As opposed to fiction dealing with love and endurance, Sade saw fiction in a different angle. He focused on what he called the "eternal truths" that bind together all man kind, which included those offensive (for some) issues such as fucking for pleasure.

His urge, his need, his desire to write became the initial push for him to share his ideas. He was also indirectly backed up by Coulmier, who saw his writing as a process of recovery, a purgative for the toxins in his mind. Madeline, too, provided underground support for Sade by being the venue for which his provocative compositions may reach the external world. Combining his outrageous ideas, his inclination to writing, and an indirect assistance from the asylum, he became the focal point at which the series of actions and consequences that ran through the entire film started.

The publication of Justine in 1791 was seen as enlightenment, a form of liberation, by Sade. However, he didn't expect that there would be an extreme reaction coming from Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. In an effort to end...