The Misanthrope

by: Molière

Suggested Essay Topics

Explain Arsinoé's separation from the other characters. In what ways is she similar to Alceste?

Explain Molière's decision to have so many men courting Célimène. Why would only one or two men not suffice?

According to Molière, what exactly is a "misanthrope"? Is this too broad a term to use as a description of Alceste?

Does Célimène have the capacity to truly be in love? Why or why not?

What does the eventual union of Philinte and Éliante represent? Will they stay together?