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JEAN-BAPTISTE POQUELIN MOLIRE1622--1673From The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces Vol 2 7th edition ed Maynard Mack et al New York WW Norton 1999 Son of a prosperous Paris merchant Jean-Baptiste Molire originally named Poquelin devoted his entire adult life to the creation of stage illusion as playwright and as actor At about the age of twenty-five he joined a company of traveling players established by the Bjart family with them he toured the provinces for about twelve years In 1658 the company was ordered to perform for Louis XIV in Paris a year later Molires first great success The High-Brow Ladies Les Prcieuses ridicules was produced The theatrical company to which he belonged patronized by the king became increasingly successful developing finally 1680 into the Comdie Franaise In 1662 Molire married Armande Bjart He died a few hours after performing in the lead role of his own play The Imaginary Invalid Molire wrote both broad farce and comedies of character in which he caricatured some form of vice or folly by embodying it in a single figure His targets included the miser the aspiring but vulgar middle class female would-be intellectuals the hypochondriac and in Tartuffe the religious hypocrite In Tartuffe 1664 as in his other plays Molire employs classic comic devices of plot and character--here a foolish stubborn father blocking the course of young love an impudent servant commenting on her superiors actions a happy ending involving a marriage facilitated by implausible means He often uses such devices however to comment on his own immediate social scene imagining how universal patterns play themselves out in a specific historical context Tartuffe had contemporary relevance so transparent that the Catholic Church forced the king to ban it although Molire managed to have it published and produced once more by 1669 The plays emotional energy derives not from the simple discrepancy of man and mask in Tartuffe Is not a face quite different from a mask inquires
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