Paper: The Portrayal of Women in Moliere's the Misanthrope

However, Celimene uses the gossip technique as well. Celimene, in revenge, tells Arsinoe that a “conversation soon came around to [Arsinoe]. Your prudery and bustling zeal appeared to have a very slight appeal . . . one should learn the art of living well before one threatens men with hell." Moliere demonstrates through the use of gossip that women will betray and stab anyone in the back, even their friends. The implication Moliere expresses in this scene and others is that women can't be trusted. The outcome of this is trust is gossip and lying; just like Celimene told all her suitors and is lovers that she only loved them. Alceste tells Eliante that his lover betrayed him and asked "the faithful worship of mine will offer up to yours as to shrine." Eliante answers him that "You may have my sympathy in all you suffer." Here we see that Alceste is asking Eliante to sleep with him only because he was newly rejected. Eliante does the unthinkable and agrees. Alceste, having rejected Celimene, is in a state of awareness. He says to Eliante: "permit me ever to esteem you so, and if | do not request your hand . . . | sense that fate does not intend me for the married state." At first, Alceste wants to sleep with Eliante to get picked up off the rebound from being rejected by Celimene. This rejection gives Alceste emotional insecurity. Therefore, he doesn't marry Eliante either. Both Alceste and Celimene don't seem as if they are the typical male or female, but Eliante and Arsinoe express their characteristics they obtain, showing regularity. Alceste doesn't care about other peoples’ feelings. He enjoys criticizing, but toward the end of The Misanthrope Eliante foils out his ability to sympathize. As for Celimene always surrounded by suitors, unusual from other women, shows how she is a typical lady, by means of gossip, instigated by Arsinoe. No matter how different people may seem, there are always characteristics shared among many people....