The Imaginary Invalid - Study Guide Act 3, Scene 10 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 10 Summary

Toinette returns dressed in disguise as a doctor. The doctor offers his services to Argan, and his services are readily accepted. To Beralde, he remarks at the uncanny resemblance the doctor has to Toinette. The doctor excuses himself to check on his servant.

Act 3, Scene 10 Analysis

The plot element of dramatic irony is used as Toinette appears dressed as a doctor. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows more than one or more of the characters. In this case, Argan definitely sees the uncanny resemblance the doctor has to his servant; however, he does not believe that he is being deceived. In his illness he thinks that it is only right that a doctor arrives, moments after his previous doctor quits. This just reaffirms his belief that he needs a doctor and that he is a very important man.

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