Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film and Theatre


Film and Theatre

Major Professor

Hoover, David W.

Second Advisor

Hansen, Erik

Third Advisor

Griffith, Kevin


Molière’s The Misanthrope explores themes of hypocrisy, love, and the elusive nature of the truth. The play centers on the effects of unapologetic honesty in a society overflowing with pretense.

Célimène serves as the supreme example of this society, but is more complicated than the shallow follies she represents. She walks the tight rope between truth and survival and must keep the balance without leaning too heavily one way or the other – lest she fall.

This thesis endeavors to articulate the creation of a multi-dimensional character that connects with today’s audience and facilitates an understanding of the intentions and motivations behind her actions as well as the effects of this particular society on its members.

This endeavor includes biographical information on Molière, a breakdown of the author’s approach, influences for this process, an analysis of Célimène, rehearsal manuscripts, and an analytical reflection of the resulting attempt to walk the line.


The University of New Orleans and its agents retain the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible this dissertation or thesis in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. The author retains all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis or dissertation.

Included in

Acting Commons