The Misanthrope

by: Molière

Act II

Summary Act II

The first major turning point comes at the end of Act II, when Alceste is summoned to appear before the Marshals of France. All at once, Alceste's standing with Célimène and his standing before the law are threatened. Molière uses Alceste's court case to move the play to a point of greater crisis. For the first time, the playwright employs suspense as a dramatic device.