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The Characters of Molière's The Misanthrope - The Characters of Molière's The Misanthrope The characters in Molière's The Misanthrope inhabit a world different from that of many of the playwright's other works: we are viewing the actions of people at the very top of the social ladder of 17th-century France. For example, the foppish Acaste and Clitandre, who come into Célimène's house in the second act, are marquesses, the second-highest rank one can hold in the country. They can spend most of the day with Célimène, if they so choose, for their only remaining duty at court is to attend the coucher of Louis XIV, the formal going-to-bed ceremony of the king, to which only the highest members of the court were invited to attend....   [tags: Molière's Misanthrope Essays]
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The Complex Alceste of Moliere's Misanthrope - The Complex Alceste of The Misanthrope "I cannot improve on it, and assuredly never shall," said Molière of his satire The Misanthrope, {1} and the critic Nicholas Boileau-Despréaux concurred by accounting it one of Molière's best plays.{2} But the French public did not like it much, preferring the dramatist's more farcical The Doctor in Spite of Himself--a play that, according to tradition, was written two months after The Misanthrope's premiere to make up for the latter's lack of success.{3} In fact, The Misanthrope horrified Rousseau, who thought that its aim was, in Donald Frame's words, "to make virtue ridiculous by pandering to the shallow and vicious tastes of the man of the world."...   [tags: Moliere Misanthrope Essays]
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The Misanthrope - The Misanthrope The Misanthrope, like most plays, has few women characters. There are three female individuals, one of who plays a major role, and two whomreferred to as foil characters. Arsinoe, one of the foil characters, expresses Moliere's opinion that women are gossipers. The other female character is Eliante who foils out Alceste's passionate nature. Although foil characters are usually overlooked, this essay will focus on their roles, portraying their typical personalities obtained by the average person....   [tags: Papers] 388 words
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Frankenstien And The Misanthrope - According to the American Heritage Dictionary, one meaning of "to rebel" is "to resist or defy any authority or any authority or generally accepted convention." With this definition in mind I consider Victor Frankenstein a rebel. In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein rebels against divinity. Growing up, Victor was fascinated by all types of sciences. He began studying natural sciences while attending the University of Ingolstadt. Hoping that he could discover how to overcome death and decay, Victor began an intense course of study "discovering the cause of generation and life…[he] became capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter"(5...   [tags: essays research papers] 697 words
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Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - In 1726, the Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift wrote Gulliver's Travels. Gulliver's Travels was originally intended as an attack on the hypocrisy of the establishment, including the government, the courts, and the clergy, but it was so well written that it immediately became a children's favorite. Swift wrote Gulliver's Travels at a time of political change and scientific invention, and many of the events he describes in the book can easily be linked to contemporary events in Europe. One of the reasons that the stories are deeply amusing is that, by combining real issues with entirely fantastic situations and characters, they suggest that the realities of 18th-century England were as fan...   [tags: essays research papers] 886 words
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Commedia Dell' Arte and Moliere - Commedia Dell’ Arte was a distinctive form of stage art in the 1600’s and the famous playwright Moliere furthered its acceptance and import throughout his life. Originating in Italy, the popular art form spread quickly with the aid of traveling troops. One area that was greatly affected by this form of theater was France. The French people adored this theater and made it fit in with their culture. This can be seen in an essay by Gustave Lanson when he states, “In Paris Italian farce had replaced French farce.” The success of Commedia Dell’ Arte during the reign of Charles IX is well-known” (Lanson, 137)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Lanson] 2389 words
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Gullivers Travels: A Severe Indictment on Human Nature Through Satire - An English Literature classic, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726) follows the sub-genre of traveler tales and presents a severe indictment on human nature through satire. Swift uses satire in Part IV – “A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms” to represent the human and animal entities. In the fourth voyage, Swift is indicting the human species but a deeper reading of the text reveals that perhaps Swift is also satirizing the Houyhnhnms and the protagonist traveler, Gulliver. Swift is ridiculing Gulliver and his ideals that make him perceive the Houyhnhnms as a rational and intelligent species as compared to the Yahoos, the humans....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown - Moral and Philosophical Considerations - Young Goodman Brown: Moral and Philosophical Considerations The terror and suspense in the Hawthorne story function as integral parts of the allegory that defines the story's theme. In allegory (a narrative containing a meaning beneath the surface one), there is usually a one-to-one relationship; that is, one idea or object in the narrative stands for only one idea or object allegorically. A story from the Old Testament illustrates this. The pharaoh of Egypt dreamed that seven fat cows were devoured by seven lean cows....   [tags: Free Essays on Young Goodman Brown] 954 words
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The Personality of Jonathan Swift - Jonathan Swift, the great satirist of the eighteenth century was a genius of complex and enigmatic personality. His character was of a "supersensitive" nature. He possessed a strong sense of justice, a keenness of vision, a generous disposition, a sincere adhesion to moral and social beliefs, an affinity for practical jokes and a scorn for science but also displayed excessive pride, arrogance, misanthropy, fits of violent temper and a strain of insanity. Thus his personality can be summed up in his own words, "At best, I have an ill-head and an aching heart." The Supersensitive Swift's mother left him in the care of his uncle when he was just a child, which may have c...   [tags: Biography] 742 words
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Heal The World: Exploring Palmers "the Case For Human Beings" - Human beings. We are an exclusive species. Humans are able to achieve abstract thought, while most of the creatures in the animal kingdon have an attention span of only minutes. We are able to extract the purest elements from the most barren lands. We are also able to destroy the fragile biodiversity that has taken the earth millions of years to create. Should humankind, however, be punished for pushing so many different species into extinction by becoming extinct itself. In Thomas Palmer's essay, "The Case For Human Beings", Palmer explores the topics of human accomplishment, the diversity of humankind, and the havoc that said diversity has caused on the environment....   [tags: essays research papers] 416 words
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The Evolution of the Existential Psyche of Raskolnikov through Crime and Punishment - The introspective and self-scrutinizing nature of Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment, allows for us to delve into the existential rationales that warrant and influence the decisions and courses of action that he carries out. It is crucial to explore the workings of Raskolnikov’s mind, to understand the motives by which he is compelled by to perform the heinous murder of Alyona the pawnbroker. By examining Raskolnikov’s psyche, characterization, and decision making processes, which are characterized by his constant schisms and dichotomies, we can gain an understanding of how the portrayal of existentialist ideals as represented by Raskolnikov, evolve through the plot of the novel....   [tags: Raskolnikov, Literary Analysis]
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