Google Doodle celebrates French playwright Molière's life by remembering his last play

Moliere is considered to be one of the greatest writers of French literature and his impact was such that French language itself is often referred to as the “language of Molière”.

French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, was an actor and poet whose work Google is celebrating through its doodle today. Moliere is considered to be one of the greatest writers of French literature and his impact was such that French language itself is often referred to as the “language of Molière”. Today's doodle focuses on his final play Imaginary Invalid and other classics like School for Wives, Don Juan, and The Miser.  

Son of a successful furniture maker and upholsterer to the royal court, Moliere refused to take up family trade and began his career in the theatre in 1640. He always insisted that his plays were made for the stage. In his opinion, comedies were made to be acted, reported NDTV.

With his varied plays, Molière found success among Parisians. Though largely successful, Molière's work attracted criticism from the church. It is said that the church criticised his plays to such an extent that he was forced to withdraw one of his play Don Juan and it was never restaged by Molière. 

Moliere premiered his final play, Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid) on this day in 1673, satirizing the medical profession. It is reported that Molière's work in so many theatrical plays at a time took a toll on his health and he was forced to take a back seat owing to his ill health condition. 

In 1673, during a production of his final play, The Imaginary Invalid, Molière, who suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis, was seized by a coughing fit and a haemorrhage while playing the hypochondriac Argan. He finished the performance but collapsed again and died a few hours later.

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