Publication Year

1975

Keywords

Literature, Moliere, literary criticism, education, character

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature

Abstract

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, hereafter known as Moliere, detests pedantry. The term education, in his vocabulary, implies far more than learning to recite jargon. Insisting that instruction need not be force feeding, this comic genius suggests that "...the world is a school, which , in [his] opinion, teaches the way of living better than any book."

How can Moliere's interest in methods of education be denied? Two Moliere comedies that especially evidence this education motif are The School for Husbands (1661) and The School for Wives (1662). Significantly, the French theatregoers of the seventeenth century applauded the playwright's choice of relevant subject material. During Moliere's lifetime, his "Schools" plays tallied among the five most popular works at both the court of Louis XIV and the Theatre du Palais-Royal in Paris.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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