The Imaginary Invalid Analysis


Historical Context

The Bourgeoisie
During the mid-seventeenth century, a class of wealthy tradesmen and entrepreneurs who were not a part of the...

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Literary Style

Once his theater troupe was established in Paris, Molière knew he had to please both Louis XIV, his most...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Hubert, J. D., ‘‘The Doctor’s Curse,’’ in Molière: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Jacques...

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(Great Characters in Literature)

Hubert, Judd D. Molière and the Comedy of Intellect. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1962. In the penultimate chapter, Hubert explores comic uses of language in The Imaginary Invalid and discusses the irony that Molière, who was then dying, played the role of an imaginary invalid in the first performances of his last comedy.

Johnson, Roger, Jr., Editha S. Neumann, and Guy T. Trail, eds. Molière and the Commonwealth of Letters: Patrimony and Posterity. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1975. Contains many essays on the critical reception of Molière’s comedies after his death in 1673, as well as an...

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Compare and Contrast

1670s: Under French law, a father has complete authority over his daughter’s marriage, and a husband has complete authority over...

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Topics for Further Study

The Imaginary Invalid is a comedy both in the classical sense of the word (a story with a happy ending) and in the sense that it...

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Media Adaptations

The Imaginary Invalid was made into an audio recording in 1999 by L.A. Theatre Works.

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What Do I Read Next?

• Molière’s Don Juan (1665) is one of the dramatist’s most compelling and radical plays. It follows the adventures of the...

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