…y muy siglo diez y ocho…

By Servetus [emphasis added]:

In Molière’s “Le Misanthrope” the major figure, Alceste, is parodied because of his insistence on embracing virtue and avoiding artifice. In the end he betrays his goals because he falls in love with someone who does not reciprocate his emotion and ends up begging her to pretend to love him. This sincerity / artifice and virtue / deceit axis is a central point of French Enlightenment thinking and has interesting consequences in the North American world–the U.S. being formulated explicitly upon embracing notions of virtue.


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