The Misanthrope | Critical Essay by Patricia Francis Cholakian

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of The Misanthrope.
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Critical Essay by Patricia Francis Cholakian

SOURCE: “The ‘Women Question’ in Molière's Misanthrope,” in The French Review, Vol. LVIII, No. 4, March, 1985, pp. 524-32.

In the following essay, Cholakian contends that Molière's Le Misanthrope's underlying presumption is that women camouflage their true selves in order to become what men desire.

Molière's theater is generally seen as profeminist because it champions the cause of ingénues, like Agnès in L'Ecole des femmes, against the tyrannical power of an older male who seeks to prevent them from exercising their “natural” right in the choice of a mate.1

On the other hand Les Précieuses ridicules and Les Femmes savantes have often been considered anti-feminist because they ridicule women who seek...

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