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ENGL 3700
Heather Ladd

February 7, 2014 – English Character is key to this play, not much action, not much changes, Moliere adheres to classical unities. Do the characters change? The hero and heroine physically end the play apart (emotionally apart) • Alceste: changes his expectation, shaming Philiante but ends up giving a happy future with a wife. Sense of compromise • Celemine: she doesn’t change, even if the letters are exposed she can find more men! Role of being a Coquette is more important than marriage. Loses all the men. Amour- proper: satisfying her own vanity. She knows what she wants Court case (Alceste vs Orente (the poet)): Philiante reports Alceste’s actions and words. Gossip murmurs that Alceste has written a scandalous book. Everything is solved privately over Celemine. “Love” letters: Celemine’s love letters, she’s written to each suitor, why? To keep them all hooked, gives them all hope, tears down the other man (her version of love?), she wants to prolong her Coquette character. Letters are her attempt to gain power. Act 4, Scene : Alceste is angry because he believes that she is unfaithful. His lack of judgment caused him to want to be with Celemine. Threat of violence. Some change in his character: ruled by his emotions, we doubt his love for Celemine (he’s too possessive). Celemine’s response: becomes deceptive, maintaining her power, she doesn’t misinterpret Alceste’s jealousy for love. After revealing Celemine’s g
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