He elided the character of Arnolphe
, the older man fixated on having an obedient wife, with the institutional theatre, claiming that rather than being a "jealous and obsessed master of a house" he is a "jealous and obsessed master of the theatre" (2) (qtd.
Here, dirty old man Arnolphe
(Peter Forbes) plans to wed Agnes (Nicola Roy) until dashing Horace (Mark Prendergast) comes along and messes things up.
It centers on Arnolphe
, a middle-aged man's quest for a wife.
Twyla Meding ("Keys of Iron, Keys of Gold: Enclosure, Example and Alchemical Teachings in the Novella and L'Ecole des femmes," 83-118) se penche ensuite avec finesse sur les avatars du motif de la "Precaution inutile" tel que Scarron le reprend, en 1655, aux Novelas amorosas y ejemplares (1637) de Maria de Zayas, avant que Moliere ne le fragmente dans L'Ecole des femmes (1662) pour mieux souligner l'echec de la lecon exemplaire sur Arnolphe
. Renforcant la cohesion thematique du volume, Larry Riggs ("Prudes, Precieux, and Patriarchs: Pedagogies of Paranoia and Repression," 119-145) part de La Princesse de Cleves pour revenir lui aussi a L'Ecole des femmes et aux Femmes savantes; a base de concepts developpes par Ursula A.
A good example of Hawcroft's critical technique is his perception that in the opening scene of L'Ecole des femmes the actions of the raisonneur Chrysalde are "determined by the dramatist's need to create a situation in which Arnolphe
[the principal satiric target] will reveal, for the audience's benefit, his own unusual approach to marriage in general and to his own marriage in particular" (57).
For Riggs, each of the comic types ridiculed by Moliere is an archetype of a certain kind or version of modernity, whether it be Arnolphe
's paranoia about women and chance, Don Juan's use of rationalism and mathematics to legitimize his own claim to autonomy, Alceste's desire for complete knowledge and control of the others, Harpagon's use of usury and encouragement of insatiable desire in his entourage, or the femmes savantes' will to impose an abstract and ideologically determined form of knowledge.
After quoting Moliere's Arnolphe
, he condemns feminism as a dangerous project of petroleuses and gives clear orders to the defiant Berthe: "vous etes de celles qu'on ne convertit point.
Alain Raoul Bhaneja Enrique Mark Christmann Horace Matthew Edison Chrysalde Robert Persichini Agnes Liisa Repo-Martell Georgette Kristen Thomson Notary Jim Warren Oronte William Webster Arnolphe
Joseph Ziegler Established with the improbable ambition of performing classical theater in Toronto during the height of summer, Soulpepper Theater Co.
Peter Bowles is a delight as hapless merchant Arnolphe
who locks his bride-to-be away in a convent to safeguard her purity.
It was as if Moliere's Arnolphe
taught, in his "school for wives," that young women should have free choice of whom they should marry.