Essay 8 - Naina Vohra The Reading of Drama Essay #9 -...

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Naina Vohra The Reading of Drama Essay #9 - rewrite 6 nd December 2007 Children, Behave Moliere’s The Bourgeois Gentleman is what can only be described as an extended version of the common childhood story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The story revolves around a man of middle class descent who fancies himself part of the noble class, and strives to behave as such. Moliere satirizes the lifestyle of the elite through Monsieur Jourdain, who believes that by “educating” himself in the finer aspects of life (i.e. dance, music, philosophy) he can fit in with the “quality people” whom he so fervently admires. Jourdain even goes so far as to lend the Count Dorante large sums of money, in order to curry favor with such a noble personage. In directing a play such as this one, the director really doesn’t have to work hard to emphasize the ridiculous nature of the play’s main character, as the text does a fairly good job of highlighting that. There are several aspects of the play that, as a director, I would wish to highlight in a production: First, the relationship between Dorimene and Dorante, secondly, the foursome that forms around Cleonte, Lucile, Nicole and Covielle, thirdly, the scene in which Jourdain parades around in his newly tailored jacket, fourthly, the way in which the characters Nicole and Covielle are treated, and finally, the relationship between Monsieur and Madame Jourdain. Although the text does an adequate job of explaining the sneaky way in which Dorante uses Jourdain to win the love and affection of the marquise, I would highlight the backhanded nature of Dorante’s ways in a production. Specifically, perhaps I would show a scene in which Jourdain agrees to loan Dorante a sum of money, and then immediately
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afterwards, Dorante goes and spends it on something lavish for the marquise. At one point in the play, Dorimene comments on the count’s financial situation, saying, “I have resolved to marry you promptly…It’s the only way to keep you from ruining yourself… in a short time you wouldn’t have a penny (288).” Not only does this show the nature of
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