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Today Google Doodle is Celebrating Molière. Through its doodle, Google honors the life and work of Molière. He is one of the world’s greatest comic dramatist. He has a special place in the world of French Theatre. Molière was very popular for the satirical plays. His satirical plays to criticize the human foolishness and it has a mix of ballet, music, and comedy. This blend became a new genre that transformed buffoonery into witty social critique.
This day is very special as Molière in the year 1673, he had his first play Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid). This was a three-act comédie-ballet satirizing the medical profession. In this play, Molière acts as Argan. Argan is a severe hypochondriac. The meaning of hypochondriac is a person who is abnormally anxious about their health. In this play, he tried to convince his daughter to leave her true love and marry his doctor’s son, so as to save on medical bills. Doodle also shows some of the best scenes from The Imaginary Invalid and other classics like School for Wives, Don Juan, and The Miser. Read more on the Google doodle page.
In the year 1622, he was baptized and had the name Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, Molière. He was the son of a successful and flourishing furniture maker and upholsterer ( A person who provides furniture, especially seats) to the royal court. Molière was the eldest child of Marie Cresse Poquelin and Jean Poquelin, who came from well-to-do families, prominent for two generations as merchant upholsterers.
He was born in Paris where his father owned a carpet shop. As a young person, Molière decided to live an artist’s life. At the age of 21, he founded a theatre company that soon went bankrupt. From 1645–1658, he toured France with some of his friends. See also: Evelyn Dove – Another great artist.
His father insisted him to take up the family trade. He decided to neglect the offer of his father and came to choose his stage name, Molière and dedicated his entire life in flourishing theatre arts. He had to face great financial hardships. Many a time he was even imprisoned as he was not able to pay back the debts. His breakthrough took place in 1658 when he performed in the Royal Court in the place Louvre.
He had to fight not only poverty but also censorship. He openly and boldly defied many practices in society. he had royal support, yet he overcame everything. His religious satire Tartuffe was first performed in 1664 and immediately banned by the court of King Louis XIV. Five years later the ban was lifted and Tartuffe came to be considered one of his masterworks.
Finally, now he stands as the inspirations for thousands of people who are in the interest of taking theatre as their profession. In his words, “The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them”. By these words, he defines humor. Is not that a good one?
Molière – Turning Events in his life:
Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell’arte elements with the more refined French comedy. Through the patronage of aristocrats including Philippe I, Duke of Orleans, the brothers of Louis XIV, Moliere procured a command performance before the King at the Louvre. See also: Chiquinha-gonzagas – A person loved by Music.
While engaged in his battles against the authorities, Molière continued to hold his company together single-handedly. He made up for lack of authors by writing more plays himself. He could never be sure of either actors or authors.Jean continuously developed standards in comedy that cannot be equal in the country for generations.
Of the three great dramatic geniuses seventeenth-century France produced, Molière is today the most famous. His works continue to be performed in France. It was a mixture of slapstick humor, wit, and sophisticated urbanity is still in the place of admiration.
Moliere’s last days:
Moliere’s hard work in so many theatrical capacities took its toll on his health and, by 1667, he forced to take a break from the stage. In 1673, during a production of his final play, The Imaginary Invalid, Moliere, who suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, seized by a coughing fit and a hemorrhage. He suffered it while playing the hypochondriac Argan. He finished his performance but collapsed again and died a few hours later.
Long Live Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, Molière!!!