The Imaginary Invalid Analysis


Historical Context

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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

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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

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

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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 excellent bibliography and a survey of criticism on Molière.

Knutson, Harold C. The Triumph of Wit: Molière and Restoration Comedy. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1988. Discusses such important English Restoration playwrights as John Dryden and William Wycherley, who imitated plays by Molière. Interprets engravings by Molière’s contemporaries to show that Argan differed both in style of clothing and in behavior from more sympathetic characters.

Moore, Will G. Molière: A New Criticism. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1949. An excellent introduction to Molière’s comedies. Stresses that Molière was not just a playwright but also an actor and the head of a theatrical troupe. Examines the role of mime and nonverbal gestures in Molière’s plays.

Walker, Hallam. Molière. Rev. ed. Boston: Twayne, 1990. Contains an annotated bibliography of critical studies on Molière and discusses the importance of music and dance in The Imaginary Invalid, which was created by Molière in collaboration with the composer Charpentier and the choreographer Beauchamp.

Compare and Contrast

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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

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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

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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?

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• 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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