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Argan is the main character of the play.  Many times throughout the play we see him used and taken advantage of by his doctors, his maid and his wife.  He is a grandiose character that often erupts with intense emotions.  He seems almost a caricature of himself, and consequently it's hard to take his character seriously at first.  It's the soft side of his personality that draws the audience in as we get to know his true self, separate from his intensely emotional self, and feel sorry for him because of how he is treated by the other characters.  He may be a clueless and highly dramatic hypochondriac, but he cares deeply about the people in his life and yet they merely take advantage of his naivete.

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The Imaginary Invalid

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