Let the advocates of a falsely called Philanthropy plead as they may for the abrogation of the Irregular Penal Laws, I for my part have never known an Irregular who was not also what Nature evidently intended him to be -- a hypocrite, a and an awkward boy becoming unlikely friends, having wacky adventures--Oliver and Vincent often do so with a pregnant Russian stripper (Naomi Watts) riding shotgun--and learning heartwarming lessons is a familiar movie plot.
Molière has received much criticism for The Misanthrope.
The French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, claimed in his Letter to M.
D'Alembert on Spectacles that it was Molière's best work, but hated the fact that Alceste was depicted as a fool on stage.
The play, though not a commercial success in its time, survives as Molière's best known work today.
Because both Tartuffe and Dom Juan, two of Molière's previous plays, had already been banned by the French government, Molière may have subdued his actual ideas to make his play more socially acceptable.
The play differs from other farces at the time by employing dynamic characters like Alceste and Célimène as opposed to the traditionally flat characters used by most satirists to criticize problems in society.It also differs from most of Molière's other works by focusing more on character development and nuances than on plot progression.She is playful and flirtatious, and likes to point out the flaws of everyone she meets behind their backs.Célimène pays much attention to social appearances.He believed that the audience should be supporting Alceste and his views about society rather than disregarding his idealistic notions and belittling him as a character.A young woman who is courted by Alceste, Oronte, Acaste, and Clitandre.