Moliere is one of the most famous playwrights in the world and his plays have been played more than any other at the Comedie-Francaise. Molier was born in a prosperous family as Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. He assumed his moniker later on in life when he began appearing in his own plays. Both owing to his craft as a playwright and because of his connections to important people, Moliere was able to stage his performances in some of the most prestigious halls at the time, like the Palais-Royal theatre, the salle du Petit-Bourbon and so on. He awed audiences with every performance and went on to become the person who was most sought after for the entertainment of the royalty and their friends. Moliere was not only a master playwright, but he was also an avid performer in his own plays and he is most famous for going to the end in one of his plays (The Imaginary Invalid) despite suffering onstage of a coughing outburst, which proved fatal just couple of hours after the play was over.
But, before he even commenced his career as a playwright and actor, Moliere had to make significant changes in his life. Being born in a well-to-do family to parents who were both well-connected, he was destined for a life in public office and he was capable of doing that. Having received a good Parisian education in the Jesuit College de Clermont, he was well-versed in the topics and conversations that were made by members of the bourgeois. Miliere decided to forgo the beaten path and go in a direction away from the niceties of the Parisian life by joining a theater troupe. The troupe went bankrupt and was soon after revamped under the lead of Moliere. Even though his father may have not approved of his son’s departure from the familiar social circles, he paid the money owed by the troupe, which helped Moliere get out of jail only after one day inside.
Moliere is an example of how any person can dedicate his or her life to the passion that feeds it. Before becoming the playwright that we all know of, Moliere spet twelve years touring the provinces of France with the troupe. It was precisely during this time when he honed his skill for writing by gathering a wide knowledge about the various types of people who would later become the parody of his plays. When he set his sails for Paris he first built up a network of acquaintances that carried his reputation in the social circles that were most likely going to attend his plays. This clever marketing paid off and Moliere became France’s quintessential playwright. That didn’t go without attracting the ire of the Catholic church, which pressured relevant officials to ban some of his plays, like Don Juan.
Before his death, Moliere wrote 19 plays, however, there is a number of plays from his days with the troupe that have been forever lost. Moliere lived the high life of a playwright and actor in a thriving Paris and went on with it until the theatrical ending of his life. They say, life is a gamble. Moliere left the comfort of his father’s social circle but made incredible gains to become one of the most famed playwrights in history. Life asks us to sometimes take a chance, or a leap of faith.