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July 4, 2021

#Paris In July Molière

by N@ncy

  • Author: Molière (1622-1673)
  • Genre:  5 act play
  • Title:  Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
  • Published:  1670
  • #ParisInJuly

  • Satire is at its best when it is seeking to point out
  • the many hypocrisies strewn around our society.
  • Satire allows us to twist and shape them into
  • nothing more than an object of ridicule.
  • Molière is the master when it comes
  • to poking fun at the bourgeois!

  • Strong point: Molière makes you think and laugh…
  • even with the titleLe Bourgeois gentilhomme”
  • It is a paradox…bourgeois is what M. Jourdan is (common birth)
  • Gentilhomme is what he wants to become.
  • But how do you cast off the common and
  • ennoble yourself at all costs to acquire aristocratic privileges?
  • Character M. Joudain: naive, ignorant, excessive pride in his appearance, parvenu
  • Strong point: the play is highly entertaining with hilarious, unforgettable scenes
  • It is also a comment on society in 1670s and even today.
  • It makes us reflect:
  • Is climbing the social ladder really that important?
  • Theme: with all the gold in the world
  • you cannot become the one (aristocrat)….you are not!
  • …”avec tout l’or du monde, on ne peut être celui qu’on n’est pas.”

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