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Moliere's Le Borgeois Gentilhomme

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Transcript of Moliere's Le Borgeois Gentilhomme

Le Borgeois Gentilhomme

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

The plot involves a is a middle class man, Monsieur Jourdaine who wanted to be a noble in upper class society.

Refuses to accept his daughter's choice of a husband, Cleonte, a middle-class man. But only after Cleonte disguises himself as the son of the Sultan of Turkey, Jourdain gives his blessing believing he will be soon be nobleman once they are married.

Le Bourgeois gentilhomme satirizes attempts at social climbing and the bourgeois personality, poking fun both at the middle-class and the vain aristocracy.

Jourdain represented people of the era who tried to act noble even when they weren't.

The title is also an oxymoron: a "gentleman" was by definition nobly born, so there could be no such thing as a bourgeois (middle-class) gentleman.

Reflected the emerging class structure of early modern European society especially with gender and class.

Captured the spirit of the 17th century with its class tension and social contradictions.
Works Cited
Fiero,K. Gloria,
The Humanistic Tradition (Volume II) The Early Modern World to the Present,
Mcgraw-Hill ,2006.Print

"The Bourgeois Gentleman." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/75826/The-Bourgeois-Gentleman>.
(1622-1673) Paris, France
Attended College de Clermont
Came from wealthy family
Always found pleasure by making fun of
King Louis XIV-big fan of Moliere
French playwright and actor who is
considered to be one of the greatest
masters of comedy in Western literature.
Among Molière's best-known works were:
The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman

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