Was Sade a monarchist or republican? ‘Sade and the French Revolution’ looks at Sade's thoughts, writings, and responses to the French Revolution. Many have accused him of unabashed political opportunism in the Revolution. He was a great role-player and it can be said that he used the Revolution to his advantage in this respect. This tendency towards theatrics makes it hard to determine his true political views and almost impossible to put a political label on him. He expressed a great deal of political cynicism in his fictional work, which does not explain his zeal towards the French Revolution.