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Les différentes manifestations de la folie dans L’Avare de Molière
The different aspects of madness in L’Avare by Molière

Author(s): Noussayba Ouakaoui-Salem
Subject(s): French Literature
Published by: Uniwersytet Opolski
Keywords: disorder; dysfunction; madness; monomania; greed; suspicion; idolatry; laughter; comical; moral

Summary/Abstract: In his comedies, Molière has given rise to a genre that has, until the 17th century, suffered from a lack of acknowledgement. In a way, the success of his pieces can still be confirmed today, as they tackle concerns common to all eras. This has been said, studying Molière is analyzing the defects of characters that some of them seem to be sympathetic while some others are marketed as unsympathetic. In order to heal the human nature, Molière recurs to his weapon of predilection: laughter. L’Avare is then a comedy that treats one of the worst aspects of the century: greed. Harpagon, the main character, obsessed with money, inclines into a behavior that has progressively revealed dementia. This article deals with the different aspects of this madness which reveals the function of this comedy.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 61-71
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: French