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The Imaginary Invalid

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The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere is a delightful comedy that explores the absurdities of hypochondria and the medical profession. The play follows the story of Argan, a wealthy and gullible hypochondriac who falls victim to the schemes of those around him, including his scheming wife and greedy doctors.

Moliere's wit and humor shine through in this play, as he expertly skewers the ridiculousness of Argan's belief in his imaginary ailments. The characters are vibrant and engaging, from the conniving Toinette to the lovelorn Cleante, adding depth and complexity to the story.

The play's clever dialogue and farcical situations make for a thoroughly entertaining read. Moliere's satire is sharp and incisive, poking fun at both the pretensions of the medical profession and the folly of those who fall for their charades. Overall, The Imaginary Invalid is a hilarious and insightful work that continues to captivate audiences with its timeless humor and wit.

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The Imaginary Invalid is a three-act comédie-ballet by the French playwright Molière. It was first performed in 1673 and was the last work he wrote. The plot centers around Argan, the 'imaginary invalid' who is completely dependent on his doctors and wants to marry his daughter to a doctor against her will, so that he will always have medical care freely available to him. In an ironic twist of fate, Molière collapsed during his fourth performance as Argan on 17 February and died soon after.

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