The Imaginary Invalid - Study Guide Act 3, Scene 23 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 23 Summary

Cleante asks Beralde what he means by assembling a ceremony that day. How will he attempt to do that without Argan having completed any classes? Beralde explains that the company of actors has recently created a little skit with dancing and singing of which a doctor's admission ceremony is the main subject. He suggests that they get the company together and put on the little play themselves, and make Argan the star.

The play ends with a song and dance that is untranslatable since it is a mixture of dog-Latin and French, along with other unknown languages.

Act 3, Scene 23 Analysis

The very fact that the group decides to deceive Argan by putting on this little farce of a doctor's ceremony reveals Argan's true illness, and the theme of the play. Argan has believed himself to be ill for so long that he has actually become...

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