The Misanthrope Summary & Study Guide

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Act 1

In act 1, Alceste and Philinte argue over the Issue of sincerity in social interaction. Alceste maintains that one should always be completely honest and sincere about one's feelings for other people, regardless of how influential they may be. Philinte argues that it is important to behave in a pleasant, friendly manner with all people, especially those who are influential at court Alceste, however, insists that one should always "be a man of honor" and "be sincere," while Philinte defends the importance of common courtesy. Philinte further points out that because Alceste is In the midst of a lawsuit, It would be in his best interest to make friends with someone who is influential. He adds that "ruthless truth telling" can do more harm than good and that "delicacy, tact" are virtues, as well as honesty. Philinte concludes, "Life would be an absolute nightmare" if everyone said exactly...

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