fun fact when you go to a French middle school, your drama class doesn t consist of shakespearean plays but of French comedic plays about rich old cis straight white men making complete fools of themselves for prestige and social status it s a Fun Time Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by MoliereLe Bourgeois Gentilhomme is a funny play or is it a farce I laughed and enjoyed the sarcasm.On the other hand, there are some features of the poor Bourgeois Gentilhomme that made me pity him and even at times, empathise with him.He is ridiculous, vain, false and his values and judgements change from moment to moment, depending on who is presenting him alternatives if this point of view is argued by a noble , then that s the way it should be.He goes as far as to be shaved, in an age of plenty of chevelure, if not real, at least from a large whig He is mocked, in the name of a Turkish ritual.But there are still some traits of Le Bourgeois that should be celebrated, instead of laughed at His desire to learn philosophy, music and dance is laudable, although the satire seems to paint an image of a man who is so stupid, that we come to resent everything he does.We laugh when Jourdain learns about prose and poetry He did not know that, for the last twenty years he had been makingprose He is enticed by the philosophy professor when they are talking about vowels It is hillarious to hear them practice the.The fact that Jourdain is unpolite, and sometimes rude to his wife and servants doesn t help to make him likeable, but, like Maugham was saying, sometimes it is interesting to see positive traits where they are most unexpected, when we deal with villains and outlaws.Then , I feel compassion when I see how badly hurt Jourdain is In a comedy, things like that have to happen especially in slap comedy and Le Bourgeois feels like such a genre of humor at times.At other moments, I felt i was reading Vanity Fair Various characters take advantage, mock or laugh at Jourdain, but in my eyes they do not come off so much better than the negative hero.Today we have Jourdains everywhere in politics, where they pretend they are noble and have the purest aspirations, but then thy are dragged off to jail for corruption.I ride a bike through town and I notice how invisible I ve become Drivers of fancy and cheap jalopy cars alike feel they pass a fly, a bee when they speed past me With the traffic jams we have, it is quite often the opposite, but still the feeling of superiority, for having the means to burn gas, own lots of metal and plastic, be able to throw someone off the road, seem to make themaristocrats, Jourdains of the street.www.realini.blogspot.ro I hate my French class but this was actually really funny Only complaints are that the Turkish plot line is lowkey racist I get that this was written in the 15 1600s and the French were really fascinated by how foreign and different the Turks were, with their turbans and what not and the drawings are SO BAD Please publisher, commission a new artist or something, but these pictures are the worst that I ve ever seen It s such an ugly art style Besides that, this is a really fun French play that s a good one to read for beginners. A farcical attempt to climb the social ladder31 May 2013 This is a play about a middle class merchant whose goal in life is to become a member of the aristocracy and he tries many things, including arranging his daughter s marriage, to achieve that goal In a way this desire is almost an obsession, and his friends take advantage of this by playing a joke on him they pretend to be members of the Turkish court and bestow him with the title of Paladin The desire to better oneself socially and to raise oneself up the social ladder as been with us since time began and while we no longer have the aristocracy, we do have an elite ruling class of which many people desire to be a part In a way it is a middle class phenomena with somebody not happy with the fortunate lot they have in life and desiring , and doing whatever they can to get there In some cases, such as this play, there are rather comic results, but in other places, such as The Great Gatsby, the results are disasterous The desire to be a member of the aristocracy is purely a social desire People of the middle class tend to have their luxuries I know I have while not having ridiculous amounts of wealth The wealth is only a part of it, the desire is to be noticed among the people that matter, and to be looked at with envy by those who do not I can t say that I have necessarily interacted to a large extent with the ruling elite of my society, though in the corporate world they do come and go, and they do throw parties for us I have sipped champagne at the races in a marquis with high profile lawyers, and have hated it I have also sat on buses travelling through the fashionable streets in Naples and have felt a depression come over me that I would never be wealthy enough to shop there, yet not realising that there are many people here in Australia that will never have a chance of going on a bus ride through Naples I have spoken to people who drive expensive cars, and have even been in them, and an envy rises up inside of me until I realise that I don t actually want to spend money that I don t need to on a car that I don t want Okay, some of these cars are really nice, but others of them are simply horrible Somebody once proclaimed that they had spent 70 000 on a new BMW and I resisted the temptation to reply with well, that ll teach you, or I guess you won t be doing that again in a hurry Buying expensive things and going to expensive places is all about status and looking good, however when the money runs out we discover that these idols desert us just like all the others When I was in Milan our travel agent had booked us at a five star hotel and I thought it was simply way over the top To me huge marble foyers and chandeliers don t make me feel important, but rather take resources away from people who need them For instance, when we went to breakfast I saw a smorgasbord of food and a handful of people eating it and I said to myself, is that all going to waste My brother looked at all the food and then did what he always does poured himself a bowl of cornflakes Mind you, the only thing I like about diamonds is that people will pay ridiculous amounts of money for them, and they are a good store of value However, the catch is that they don t pay any interest, therefore you have no income stream. this was an alright read This play is about 350 years old and yet it feels contemporary especially these day, in the US Funny I read it in French which was kind of cool, but it was abridged and I m not a huge fan of abridged versions A lil bit sexist but this is Moli re so I don t really care Good for french class Actually reading it out of Oeuvres Compl tes Tome IIEnglish review below the French.Vraiment une pi ce amusante J ai appr ci le pragmatisme de Madame Jourdain, surtout pour cet poque elle ne laisse pas son mari faire toutes les d cisions pour elle ni pour la famille enfin, pas vraiment , et c est juste J ai pens que les blagues avec les ma tres diff rents vont durer plus longtemps, mais ils ont laiss la place l amour entre Cl onte et Lucile La r solution pour comment Cl onte et Lucile pourraient se marier, comme Monsieur Jourdain est contre leur mariage, tait originale et efficace Par contre, je pense qu il fallait mieux aller voir cette pi ce, pour vraiment appr cier les sc nes, les danses, la musique, et les blagues tous ensemble.Truly a very amusing play I appreciated Madame Jourdain s practicality, especially for that time she doesn t let her husband make all the decisions for her nor her family, not really, and justifiably so I thought the jokes with the different teachers masters were going to go on longer, but they ceded place to the love between Cl onte and Lucile The resolution for how Cl onte and Lucile could get married, as Monsieur Jourdain is against their marriage, is original and effective However, I think it is better to go see this play, to really appreciate the scenes, the dances, the music, and the jokes all around. Best EPub, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme By Moli Re This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Essay By Moli Re Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You A comedy ballet and issues concerning a man who wants to live above his station very similar in these two regards to Moli re s shorter play from two years earlier, George Dandin. Like so many of Moli re s leading characters, we are situated to view M Jourdain, the title character of this play The Bourgeois Gentleman, or sometimes translated as The Would Be Gentleman as a fool, a caricature obsessed with social standing similar to Dandin, but clearly so in this work This bourgeois shopkeeper wants badly to be recognized as a member of the aristocracy, but he is extremely superficial, wanting to be a part of this class by image and reputation only He is duped by artists seeking his patronage, seeks to enhance his knowledge by the help of a philosopher who teaches him only the movements the mouth makes when saying letters of the alphabet and the difference between prose and verse, as Jourdain is unconcerned with any deeper issues, such as logic or moral philosophy, finding them too tedious If George Dandin was an unsympathetic fool, M Jourdain is a complete jackass and it is at his expense that we laugh throughout This play, like many of Moli re s, is also very interesting in terms of its socio economic historical value, concerned at least partly with the growing economic power of the bourgeoisie versus the high social status of the nobility we find this in Dandin as well , something explored in several of the playwright s works, and an issue that would be taken up by many great French writers for centuries to come By the time of Proust, 250 years later or so, this latter group still captivated the imaginations of great writers, but their world had all but faded away.
Jean Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name, Moli re, was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature Among Moli re s best known dramas are Le Misanthrope, The Misanthrope , L Ecole des femmes The School for Wives , Tartuffe ou l Imposteur, Tartuffe or the Hypocrite , L Avare ou l cole du mensonge The Miser , Le Malade
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