Study Guide

The Miser Characters

By Molière

Harpagon

Harpagon likes money. He also likes…uh, well, that's actually the only thing he likes. He...

Cléante

Cléante has one main motive in this play, and that's his love for Mariane. We find out...

Élise

Like Cléante, the first thing we learn about Élise is that she's in love. She's in...

Valère

Valère has been in love with Élise ever since he first saw her—you know, when...

Mariane

Like most characters in this play, Mariane is mainly defined by her love. The person that Mariane...

Frosine

Frosine is the real wild card in this play. For the most part, she's totally self-interested and...

La Flèche

La Flèche is Cléante's valet. For the most part, he's a pretty cool customer. He's...

Master Jacques

Master Jacques is a bit player, but also one of the more complicated and interesting characters...

Anselme

As we discover at the end of the play, Anselme is actually an Italian nobleman who has changed...

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