The Imaginary Invalid - Act 2, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 2, Scene 2 Summary

Toinette finds Argan, who thinks that he is alone, pacing his room. He is talking to himself, repeating the instructions that his doctor, Mr. Purgon, has given him for daily exercise. Toinette interrupts him to announce that a gentleman has arrived at the house and wishes to speak with him.

Act 2, Scene 2 Analysis

Argan is found speaking to himself, repeating his doctor's instructions over and over again. This nod to obsessive compulsion is symbolic of his imaginary illness. He believes that he is physically ill, and now he is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness instead.

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