Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Act 1, Scene 1 Abstract
* Alceste and Philinte introduce the theme of the play, which is the balance between honesty and compassion.
* Alceste is not a very appealing character
* The audience relates to his criticisms of polite society.
* Alceste might suffer from depression
* Alceste mentions feeling depressed by what he observes, but it may be that depression also...
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