EWL Book Editorials--

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Misanthrope by Moliere (French 1666)

Humorous verse play about the little lies that people tell to be polite in society and the one man who refuses to play the game.


  • I found this book to be a very good choice for this project. It was a very quick read. I completely read and annotated the entire thing in less than an hour and a half. Finding motifs is incredibly easy, as they are basically screaming at you from within the pages. Even though it was written in 1666, the moral still applies to today's society. I don't like to read at all, and I really didn't mind this play. All the French names got confusing at times, but Sparknotes was a really great tool to help clarify confusing parts of the story. Finding symbols wasn't difficult either. I would highly recommend choosing this book for your project.

    By Blogger KellyM, at 9:49 PM  

  • The Misanthrope, a play by Moliere, tells the story of Alceste, a young man who sets out to rid the world of hypocrisy and deceit. Alceste tells everyone the truth while the rest of society chooses to lie to each other to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings. Things have not changed much since Moliere wrote The Misanthrope in the 17th century. It’s now the 21st century and people are still lying to each other and we are surrounded with hypocrisy and deceit. The Misanthrope is a great book for creative people who understand and enjoy satire. However, the two love triangles can get confusing with all of the French names. The book is only around 70 pages long. There are not many props used and the plot is very simple, so it was tough looking for objects to use as symbols.

    By Blogger Dan B, at 6:32 PM  

  • I enjoyed reading The Misanthrope because it was an easy read and it was not long at all. This book is mainly about Alceste, the main character,being upset with the society that he lives in because he thinks everyone is fake and does not say what they really feel. This book is a comedy so it kept me interested.

    By Blogger erica h, at 9:40 AM  

  • I found The Misanthrope to be a quick, easy, and enjoyable read – and believe me, I don’t like to read. With regards to the plot, it was funny and wasn’t hard to follow. Although, I do recommend using sparknotes to assist. One of the only hard parts of the play was that every line rhymed with each other and, after a while, you might forget some details. As for doing the project on this book, I believed the motifs and symbols were easy to find in the text, but objects for them were hard to come up with. Overall, I highly recommend this book because I enjoyed it so much.

    By Blogger Drewski, at 10:22 PM  

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