The Imaginary Invalid Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does the title of the play influence the audience's initial perception of Argan?

By using the title "The Imaginary Invalid", Moliere causes the audience to have certain preconceived notions of Argan. Once it is determined that Argan is indeed the title character, the audience already knows that he has an imaginary disease, or is believed by himself or others to be ill.

2. How is it demonstrated that Toinette is a trusted employee?

Toinette's level of comfort and candid conversation with Argan show that she is a valued person . Through their initial interaction, it is not clear what the relationship is between Argan and Toinette, but it is obvious that she is not afraid to speak her mind. The fact that it is a close relationship, and then later it is revealed that Toinette is his employee, demonstrates that Argan trusts her.

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