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Molière : a theatre of movement Small, Marjorie Elizabeth


Molière's theatre is one of movement. He owes his keen sense of the gestural especially to the commedia dell'arte and French farce traditions. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the rhythm and devices he employs in some of his earlier and more mature plays. This discussion reveals patterns of reversal, repetition and oscillation, the elements which give particular exuberance to his comic vision. As an actor, director and playwright he had a unique genius for translating his gestural vision into great theatrical works.

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