L'École des Femmes

L'École des Femmes

by Molière

LÉcole des femmes est une comédie en cinq actes et en vers.La comédie de Molière L'École des femmes est considérée par les critiques pour être parmi ses plus beaux travaux. L'histoire d'un homme qui est tellement obsédé par l'infidélité féminine qu'il projette d'épouser sa jeune pupille naïve, qu'il a formé pour être la femme parfaite, est un exemple classique du style comique de Molière.

  • Language: French
  • Category: Plays
  • Rating: 3.68
  • Pages: 185
  • Publish Date: January 1st 1986 by French & European Publications Inc
  • Isbn10: 0785931317
  • Isbn13: 9780785931317

What People Think about "L'École des Femmes"

But reading and watching recently a performance of Molières LÉcole des Femmes raised the matter in front of my eyes. There are stock characters following the tradition of the Commedia dellArte; there is a great deal of double entendre, often through parallel dialogues on the stage and which Marcel Proust could not fail to notice; there is a critique to popularly unpopular professions, such as notaries and other representatives of the law; the plot revolves around the universally farcical figure of the cuckold or cocu; there are surprising and magic solutions to tangled up problems that will draw out a smile; there is a bit of slapstick and coups de bâton in a purely guignol tradition. This is, and was from its first performance in 1662 onwards, one of the most successful plays by Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622-1673). Within a few months from the first staging, the two plays were subsequently performed together. I had read this play years ago, but I reread it recently because I was going to attend, two weeks ago, to a performance at the Comédie Française. The theatre founded by Louis XIV, the ghostly patron of significant presence, in 1680.

All the performers were engaging but the actor who played the main character, Arnolphe, and who is on stage practically the entire time, was superb. Objectively viewed, the character of Arnolphe lurches between ridiculously comic and morally reprehensible but the actor who played him managed to engage our sympathy for his predicament in spite of our better judgement. I had applauded Molières foresight and wisdom in granting the main female character, Agnès, a say in her own destiny in the final scene of the play.

Das Ende ist nicht wirklich überraschend, aber ist halt doch das Highlight irgendwie.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name, Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope, (The Misanthrope), L'Ecole des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou l'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare ou l'École du mensonge (The Miser), Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman). Through the patronage of a few aristocrats including the brother of Louis XIV, Molière procured a command performance before the King at the Louvre.