What are the major themes in the play The Imaginary Invalid?  

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The seventeenth century, when The Imaginary Invalid was written, was a fascinating age, in which a deeply religious culture intersected with the birth of the scientific revolution. The tension generated between these two often conflicting worldviews is illustrated by Molière using the theme of obscurantism. This simply means the deliberate withholding of information with the purpose of keeping people in a state of ignorance. Devotees of the scientific revolution often accused the authorities—especially the Catholic Church—of peddling false notions such as geocentrism, the discredited theory that the sun revolves around the earth rather than the other way round.

Yet in reality the picture was a good deal more complicated than this. Molière shows us, that despite the scientific revolution and its extraordinary advances,...

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