The Miser

The Miser

by Moliere
     
 

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The play was first produced when Moli�re's company was under the protection of Louis XIV himself. It was loosely based on the Latin comedy Aulularia by Plautus, from which many incidents and scraps of dialogue are borrowed, as well as from contemporary Italian farces.

The miser of the title is called Harpagon, a name adapted from the Latin harpago, meaning a…  See more details below

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The play was first produced when Moli�re's company was under the protection of Louis XIV himself. It was loosely based on the Latin comedy Aulularia by Plautus, from which many incidents and scraps of dialogue are borrowed, as well as from contemporary Italian farces.

The miser of the title is called Harpagon, a name adapted from the Latin harpago, meaning a hook or grappling iron. He is obsessed with the wealth he has amassed and always ready to save expenses. Now a widower, he has a son, Cl�ante, and a daughter, �lise. Although he is over seventy, he is attempting to arrange a marriage between himself and an attractive young woman, Mariane. She and Cl�ante are already devoted to each other, however, and the son attempts to procure a loan to help her and her sick mother, who are impoverished. �lise, Harpagon's daughter, is the beloved of Val�re, but her father hopes to marry her to a wealthy man of his choosing, Seigneur Anselme. Meanwhile Val�re has taken a job as steward in Harpagon's household so as to be close to �lise. The complications are only resolved at the end by the rather conventional discovery that some of the principal characters are long lost relatives.

Satire and farce blend in the fast-moving plot, as when the miser's hoard is stolen. Asked by the police magistrate whom he suspects, Harpagon replies, �Everybody! I wish you to take into custody the whole town and suburbs� (5.1) and indicates the theatre audience while doing so. The play also makes fun of certain theatrical conventions, such as the spoken aside addressed to the audience, hitherto ignored by the characters onstage. The characters of L'Avare, however, generally demand to know who exactly is being spoken to.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149172566
Publisher:
Bronson Tweed Publishing
Publication date:
04/14/2014
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
63 KB

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