L'École des Femmes by Molière
It is such a shame that writers in his time were more worried about the sound, the cohesion, and the public acceptance of their works more than the reason for writing something. His work is like a mute song; you can hear the melody but it cannot say anything for the life of it.
Mar 25, Caroline Thomas rated it it was ok. This was my first piece of literature consumed in its native French, so that's exciting and also indicative of me likely missing some of the subtleties of the work. A comedy of errors reminiscent in ways of Shakespeare's sense of humor although also creepier in other ways.
If overlooking the characteristic sexism of the period and the antiquated language it is funny at times, though I did not care much for the endi This was my first piece of literature consumed in its native French, so that's exciting and also indicative of me likely missing some of the subtleties of the work. If overlooking the characteristic sexism of the period and the antiquated language it is funny at times, though I did not care much for the ending. I know that some argue that Katherina's final monologue is intended to be ironic, but I have difficulty reading it as such; it seems to be promoting a certain misogynism, an As I read this play I couldn't help but draw comparisons between it and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
I know that some argue that Katherina's final monologue is intended to be ironic, but I have difficulty reading it as such; it seems to be promoting a certain misogynism, and it has allegedly always been problematic for audiences. Mostly when we laugh in the play it is at Arnolphe's expense, for we recognize in him a frustrated and paranoid man who is not taken serious by his friends, his ward or even his servants the latter who argue over who will open the door for him until he threatens them with starvation. He is a man who lacks respect and is forced to resort to brute force and threats to maintain even any semblance of authority which he so hungers for.
This is a humorous and entertaining play to read today, almost four centuries later; it is one of those works that I would love to see staged -- though I recognize fully that this either could grow my appreciation for the work or that it could leave me unfulfilled if it failed to live up to my expectations, the vision of the play that blossomed in my mind as the dialogue unfolded.
A shopkeeper at one of my favorite bookstores once said to me, "I don't know how anyone can read plays I was purchasing some Brecht at the time. Just go see it! But more than this, as with reading a novel, I feel that there is something with using one's imagination when reading a play. As with a film adaptation of a novel, a play that is staged may fall short of the vision that we develop in our minds when we read it.
Dear Goodreaders, as you well know from the number of ratings and editions, this play is popular - statistically likely to please.
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There is minor character development, enough to express a few themes, and a little character twist, to make things interesting. It is also long, hence the missing star, and harder to enjoy that The Misanthrope Dear Goodreaders, as you well know from the number of ratings and editions, this play is popular - statistically likely to please. It is also long, hence the missing star, and harder to enjoy that The Misanthrope , possibly because it appeals to a different age.
Be the values as they may be. This one brings to mind both Pygmalion and the story of the eponymous sculptor, naturally. And naturally, it is always with a bit of hate that I retrace the literary steps to the ancient Greeks - because they were great and now they are dead. I imagine it's the same feeling when one's parents stop being omnipotent. Regardless, I think that Arnolphe being made as if atypical in his society was a good marketing decision, to make sure the public would keep an emotional distance and wouldn't immediately reject him upon finding resemblances.
What he says, in a slightly exaggerated fashion, is not at all uncommon.
L'École des Femmes
Is he the first to pluck his future wife from a convent, same as one would a fetching pumpkin from a farm? Both women offer ample justification for their choices. The way it's done here feels forced and redundant, nonetheless. As a tangential discovery, the public seems to have moved from liking or disliking a theme, as much as agrees and disagrees with the themes.
What sort of circumlocution is that?! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mar 17, Kikoi rated it liked it. The story deals with the place of woman in a house and what she should know or ignore. The main character, Arnolphe has a very precise idea on the question Jul 11, Voldemort rated it it was ok Shelves: Lacked in ideas and originality. Mostly enjoyed it because the translation was a "tour de force" and the language obviously a masterpiece. Jul 11, Mehdi Jemaa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 16, Dorothy Himberc rated it it was amazing.
But, although it seems ridiculous to say this of a play that is about marriage and equality between genders, I thought it was slighter than, let's say, Tartuffe or L'Avare. He did not make the figure of the male oppressor unbelievably or irredeemably villainous, however, either. This is my favourite passage, maybe - ignoring for a moment the potential sexual innuendo. The School for Wives by Moliere is the second best play from him I've come across thus far and the last of the collection of six that I purchased last month. This is a little on the longer side for Moliere, but that still makes it a very quick story.
The story revolves around being a man so fearful of being cheated on by his wife that he chose to raise a ward in a convent for the express purpose of marriage, kept simple and plain away from all of the worldly knowledge. That even the servants he The School for Wives by Moliere is the second best play from him I've come across thus far and the last of the collection of six that I purchased last month. That even the servants he gets for her when she's of age to be wed are dull and viscous of their own sort. To Moliere's credit the very first person to hear this calls the man who did this mad, and later argued that by preventing someone from learning they are made even more susceptible to being taken in by another lover - for a knowledgeable and independent woman must choose to cheat, while an ignorant and dependent one may cheat without knowing they have done their spouse wrong.
All throughout the play the man is made a fool, though I would have preferred it if he was played up as a serious creep as well - as what was funny in the past, comes across as pretty near to evil in the present. Arnolphe who now wishes to be known as Monsieur de la Souche has kept in ward Agnes secluded in a convent school and now in a home he owns.
He has attempted to keep her uneducated and quite controlled so that he may marry her and be certain she will do as he demands. His maxims for wives include: Despite his attempts, she falls in love with Horace, the son of Oronte who is Arnolphe's friend. How will it end? This translation by Richard Wilbur does maintain the rhymed couplets of the original French and that he was able to do so is impressive.
Jun 17, Samhain rated it really liked it. Too bad the ending's a bit abrupt. Although I admit it wasn't an easy one, even for a French person used to reading old plays, this is a must read. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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