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The Playwrite Moliere and Moderation in the Neoclassical Age - One of the main themes of the neoclassical age was moderation. Order, control, and reason were necessities of this period. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin 'pen' named Moliere was a well-seasoned, French playwriter of comedies that entertained and taught the same. One of Moliere's notable works, Tartuffe, carried his theme Commedia dell Arte and left lessons on the stage. Moliere uses the tale of Tartuffe to explore the hypocrisy in the church and in individuals spreading false hope. Selfish and decietful motives bring the title character to his well-deserved hubris....   [tags: Plays, Moliere, Moderation, Neoclassical Age, Fran] 567 words
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Moliere's Tartuffe and the Religious Hypocrisy - Moliere's Tartuffe and the Religious Hypocrisy Moliere's Tartuffe is a satire based on religious hypocrisy. Every character is essential in Tartuffe. All of the characters play an important role, but it is easy to say that Tartuffe and Orgon are the main characters. First, we must know the definition of satire. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, satire is defined as "literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn" ("satire"). In other words, a satire is defined as literary work that uses humor to point out the foolishness of a person or just in human nature....   [tags: World Literature Moliere Tartuffe Essays Papers]
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The Complex Alceste of Moliere's Misanthrope - The Complex Alceste of The Misanthrope "I cannot improve on it, and assuredly never shall," said Molière of his satire The Misanthrope, {1} and the critic Nicholas Boileau-Despréaux concurred by accounting it one of Molière's best plays.{2} But the French public did not like it much, preferring the dramatist's more farcical The Doctor in Spite of Himself--a play that, according to tradition, was written two months after The Misanthrope's premiere to make up for the latter's lack of success.{3} In fact, The Misanthrope horrified Rousseau, who thought that its aim was, in Donald Frame's words, "to make virtue ridiculous by pandering to the shallow and vicious tastes of the man of the world."...   [tags: Moliere Misanthrope Essays]
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Satire in Moliere’s Tartuffe, Voltaire’s Candide, and Swift’s A Modest Proposal - The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines satire as: “literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn.” Besides this definition satire can also be seen as the particular literary way of making possible the improvement of humanity and its institutions. In the three works: Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” Voltaire’s “Candide,” and Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” the authors indirectly criticize and ridicule human behavior and characteristics but with the goal for improving these faults rather than just demolishing them.                          In Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” although many things and behaviors are satirized, the play focuses mainly on the issue of religious hypocrisy....   [tags: Swift Voltaire Moliere] 915 words
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Commedia Dell' Arte and Moliere - Commedia Dell’ Arte was a distinctive form of stage art in the 1600’s and the famous playwright Moliere furthered its acceptance and import throughout his life. Originating in Italy, the popular art form spread quickly with the aid of traveling troops. One area that was greatly affected by this form of theater was France. The French people adored this theater and made it fit in with their culture. This can be seen in an essay by Gustave Lanson when he states, “In Paris Italian farce had replaced French farce.” The success of Commedia Dell’ Arte during the reign of Charles IX is well-known” (Lanson, 137)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Lanson] 2389 words
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Voltaire's Candide and Moliere's Tartuffe - ... "Pangloss stopped him by demonstrating that the Lisbon harbor was designed expressly for the Anabaptist to drown in" (Voltaire 192). Orgon and Candide were both reliant on a supporting cast within the play to an extreme where the characters began to have the critical thinking skills of a child. Orgon says to Cléante concerning Tartuffe, “to keep his precepts is to be reborn, and view this dunghill of a world with scorn. Yes, thanks to him I’m a changed man indeed” (Moliere 114). Orgon obviously hangs on to every word that comes out of Tartuffe’s mouth that it nears the point of frustration towards Orgon....   [tags: Enlightment literature]
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Themes of Hipocrisy in ‘Tartuffe’ by Moliere - ... Mother, father, wife, daughter, son- They could die right now, I’d feel no pain”. Orgon here is acting like a childish person, which indeed proves him to be an insensible man. If Orgon is a wise person, he would have realized the fact that if Tartuffe is truly a righteous man, he would never preach him not to love his mother father, wife etc. because it goes against moral teachings. The examples above thus clarify the idea, that Orgon is being manipulated by Tartuffe not merely because he is superficial but primarily because of the deficiencies of his maturity....   [tags: manipulation, religious, wisdom] 1183 words
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Tartuffe by Moliere: Blinded by Obsession - Tartuffe A man will only see what he wants to see. In "Tartuffe", by Moliere, we are introduced to Orgon, a man so blinded by his obsession with Tartuffe that he falls subject to his deception. Tartuffe pretends to be a devout, pious, and humble man, while in reality is a religious hypocrite. Throughout the play we are presented with many characters who try in vain to "open" Orgon's eyes to Tartuffe's lies. He refuses to accept the fact that Tartuffe is an imposter and is more of a hypocrite than a reverent man....   [tags: reality, truth, fixation]
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Moliere's Tartuffe - The main reason that Moliere was so popular in France was because of the push in plays with Romanticism themes. Romanticism themes included historic accuracy in settings and costumes. Moliere was excellent at using Romanticism themes. Many of Moliere’s plays, such as Dom Juan are very historically accurate. In the 18th century, people wanted to go and see a play that actually made sense and had a wide range of emotions put into it. Many of Moliere’s plays were able to do this. However as stated earlier, many of the emotions that Moliere had exploited were very controversial....   [tags: history, romanticism]
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Moliere's Play, Tartuffe - In Tartuffe, Moliere creates a play that is interesting in so many ways. His comedy reflects a lot on the role of men and women within a family. During this time, it was common for the man to be the head of the household and women to be submissive to the men. Men held the power in the family and made all the decisions. In this play, a man's point of view is the only view that matters. All else do not serve an importance. His lack of trust and awareness for other people's feelings and needs has caused great conflict in his family....   [tags: ironic/comedy playwrights, story analysis]
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Orgon's Obsession in Tartuffe by Moliere - In Moliere's comedy, Tartuffe, the main focus of the play is not of Tartuffe, but of Orgon's blind infatuation with Tartuffe. It just so happens that the title character is the villain rather than the hero. Orgon is Moliere's representation of how a man can be so blind in his devotion to a belief that he cannot make accurate judgment as to the sincerity of others who would use that belief to deceive him. Tartuffe easily achieves total power over Orgon's actions because of his gullibility. However, as the play progresses, Orgon's view of Tartuffe changes and results in Tartuffes removal....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays] 356 words
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Moliere - Moliere is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and famous French writers ever. His comedic plays capture the reader with a a perfect blend of intelligent and slap stick jokes. He mastered the "strange enterprise of amusing decent people"(Guicharnaud, 2) with this simple philosophy: "Nothing is more effective(in making people laugh) then holding up the mirror to nature."(Guicharnaud, 21) Jean-Baptiste Poquelin was born in Paris on January 15, 1662. His father and Mother where both interior decorators for the king, although his mother died when Jean-Baptise was ten years of age....   [tags: Biography Bio Biographies Jean-Baptiste Poquelin] 1300 words
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The Flawed Characters of Moliere's Tartuffe - The Flawed Characters of Tartuffe        To be perfect is to be inhuman. Human nature is complete with many flaws and imperfections, one of which is represented in the play "Tartuffe", by Moliere. “Tartuffe” was written specifically to show the reader a basic flaw in human nature. This flaw is shown through two characters, Madame Pernelle and Orgon. These two are blind to the truth concerning Tartuffe and fall victim to his wiles. The fact that these two are too weak to see the truth is a basic human flaw as well as a major theme of the play, represented through their flawed characters.    If anything, Madame Pernelle and Orgon are incredibly gullible....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays]
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Moliere's Tartuffe - The Character of Tartuffe - The Character of Tartuffe        Moliere's neoclassic comedy, Tartuffe, is a prime example of his expertise in the comedic technique. The plot is one that keeps the reader or viewer interested and aware. It begins with Madame Pernell visiting her son's house and reprimanding all of them but their boarder, Tartuffe. She believes Tartuffe is a man of astounding character. The members of the house, however, disagree and say that Tartuffe is deceitful and a fraud. After Madam Pernell leaves, Dorine and Cleante, the maid and the brother-in-law of the main character, Orgon, discuss Tartuffe and both agree that he has captivated Orgon....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays]
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Morals and Ethics in Tartuffe by Moliere - Morals and Ethics in Tartuffe by Moliere From the moment of our conception, who we are and how we will one day believe and behave is completely laid out for us. Truly our upbringing and everyday environment play a role in who we are and how we present ourselves but, the reality is, we are who we are meant to be. We each serve a very specific purpose in life. Granted some of us are blessed with a more dignified role, and others, well, were not as lucky in the casting department. However, within those of us who were graciously bestowed a sense of morality, lies a specific amount of morals, or ethics....   [tags: Papers] 781 words
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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift and Tartuffe by Moliere - ... Before he goes on to say this, he discusses more numerical values of the children born between couples and which are to do what. He gets to this part of his proposal practically saying to have the newborn babies become very well nourished that way at a certain point they will sell for a goo amount and become of good use at someone’s dinner table. While this is not the entirety of his proposal, as he does drop statistical support as far as weight and size and how much to sell according to those values as well as assumed consumption patterns, he offers up a cheap and easy solution to turn the poor, starving children of the country into useful members of the commonwealth....   [tags: the presence of commerce themes] 860 words
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The Voice of Reason in Tartuffe by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere - Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere wrote Tartuffe during the beginning of the Age of Enlightenment. One of the main characteristics of the Age of Enlightenment was a push towards using reason over emotions to make decisions. The leaders of the enlightenment truly believed that the world could be made a better place if people did this. In Tartuffe, when the characters use their emotions to make their decisions they find themselves in undesirable situations. While those who let their emotions rule them find their lives spinning out of control, there are other characters in the play who try to approach them with reason and logic....   [tags: dorine, cleante]
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Rousseau's Critique of Moliere - In Rousseau’s critique of Moliere, he sees Moliere as being a perfect author. Moliere incorporates betrayal and distortion to stir the emotions and gain our interest, as well as sympathy. Rousseau feels that Moliere doesn’t help society, instead, he harms it. The reason is because Moliere is bringing down the value of society by using politics and comedy together. People are starting to see their flaws as being acceptable due to the content they see in Moliere’s work. If the first thing that one learns about Rousseau is that he was a supporter of community, the second is almost always that that he was moralistically opposed to theater as destructive of community morals....   [tags: essays research papers] 655 words
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The Book of Genesis and Tartuffe, by Jean-Baptiste Moliere - The book of Genesis most people think of it as the story of how the world was created, but a lot of people do not think of as a story of justice, loyalty, and family. When people read the play of Tartuffe written by Jean-Baptiste Moliere most they often think of it as trying to expose religious hypocrisy. Often people overlook the play telling us about justice, loyalty, and family just as the book of Genesis does. These two literary works share these themes in common and the way they tell us and show about them are two very different ways....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays]
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Weakness in Moliere's Tartuffe - Weakness in Tartuffe        The play "Tartuffe", by Moliere, is a work that was created to show people a flaw in their human nature. There are two characters who portray the main flaw presented in the play. Both Madame Pernelle and Orgon are blinded to the farces of Tartuffe and must be coaxed into believing the truth. The fact that Orgon and Madame Pernelle are too weak to see the truth is an important theme of the play. The most obvious weakness shared between Orgon and Madame Pernelle is gullibility....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays] 714 words
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Moliere's Tartuffe - The Theme of Moliere’s Tartuffe: Reason vs. Passion Jean-Baptitste Poquelin Moliere’s Tartuffe, is undoubtedly a satirical comedy. In Moliere’s description of a satire, he was very direct as to the function and objectives of one are. The function is to correct men’s vices, using satire to ridicule them and expose them to public laughter (Moliere, p.14). Although this satire is making fun of many things in the church and organized religion, which is not the only objective Moliere had in mind....   [tags: essays research papers] 897 words
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Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere - Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere was born in 1622 in Paris. Later in life, Moliere graduated with a law degree but then the twenty-one year old Jean Baptiste got caught up in the theatre. His acting company toured for fifteen years through the provinces where Moliere was exposed, and greatly influenced by, the Italian Commedia. In the course of his fifty-one years, Moliere wrote some thirty-two plays been assimilated into every form of comic drama that we know, be it the simple character sketch, the cartoon, the situation comedy, or the farce....   [tags: Papers] 383 words
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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere - Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, Enlightenment author and greatest comic dramatist of all times Jean-Jaques Rousseau, philosopher, novelist, composer, language and music theorist, and single most important Enlightenment writer Act I SCENE 1. Moliere and Rousseau are up in heaven R: Hey Moliere is that you. M: Yes, may I ask your name again. R: Yeah it’s Rousseau. M: Ah, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen you. Sorry, my memory doesn’t always serve me right anymore. R: No, you’ve never met me before....   [tags: essays research papers] 1612 words
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Criticism of Religious Hypocrites in Moliere's Tartuffe - Criticism of Religious Hypocrites in Tartuffe           Moliere rocked the 17th century French world with his comedy "Tartuffe" in 1664. Although, religious factions kept the play banned from theatres from 1664-1669, "Tartuffe" emerged from the controversy as one of the all-time great comedies. Tartuffe is a convincing religious hypocrite. He is a parasite who is sucking Orgon, the rich trusting father, for all he is worth. Orgon does not realize that Tartuffe is a phony, and caters to his every whim....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays]
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Tartuffe by Jean-Baptiste Polquelin Moliere - Tartuffe by Jean-Baptiste Polquelin Moliere In the neoclassical comedy Tartuffe, written by Jean-Baptiste Polquelin Moliere, Tartuffe is illustrated as a disreputable character who has posed as a religious ascetic. Orgon, the master of the house, is convinced Tartuffe is a humble and pious man despite the rest of his families claims. Yet, in Act IV, scene seven the impostor Tartuffe is finally exposed for the fraud he really is. ACT IV Scene 7 Tartuffe, Elmire, Orgon TARTUFFE [Not seeing ORGON] Madam, all things have worked out to perfection; I’ve given the neighboring rooms a full inspection; No one’s about: and now I may at last......   [tags: Papers] 1586 words
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Phaedra's Individuality in Tartuffe - ... (Racine 195) This makes Phaedra seem even more weak-minded, pulling up the fact that she cannot stand even being in the same room without fear she might show everyone how she truly feels. Phaedra resolves to die, being weak-minded and sees this as an escape of her current melancholy. “Worn down by the guilt of this passion and the division it creates within her, she resolves to die.” (Critchley 18) Phaedra wants to end this pain and guilt of her loving Hippolytus by killing herself. The only problem is she cannot die because she is a requirement of Aphrodite’s plan to cause pain for Hippolytus....   [tags: Moliere plays, character analysis]
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The Foolish Orgon of Moliere's Tartuffe - The Foolish Orgon of Tartuffe In Molière's Tartuffe, translated by Richard Wilbur, the central character, a man named Orgon, has been completely brainwashed and taken advantage of by the title character, a lecherous and parasitic "holy man." Tartuffe has made use of one of the oldest scams in human history to insinuate himself into Orgon's household; he appeals to Orgon's desire to be a good, upstanding, and pious man by appearing to be the same. Tartuffe's manipulations are evident to everyone but Orgon, and seem to the reader to be blatantly obvious....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays]
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Justice and Injustice in Moliere's Tartuffe - Justice and Injustice in Tartuffe   A theme of the play Tartuffe is justice. Justice, or the lack of justice, can be seen in the relationship between father and son, father and daughter, and guest and host. Lacanian philosophy, which focuses on language and the conflict that the male feels due to a disintegration of oneness, can be used to look at injustice as it manifests itself in the male conflict within the play.     According to Lacan, a male child experiences conflict with his father, who is associated with language and thus otherness....   [tags: Tartuffe Essays] 1757 words
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Tartuffe - Tartuffe In his most notorious play Tartuffe, Molière relates the story of an attempt, by a manipulative hypocrite, to destroy the domestic happiness of a citizen who, charmed by his seeming piety, has taken him into his home as a respectable guest. The play was disallowed after its first performance because it was deemed anti-religion....   [tags: Moliere Play Analysis] 875 words
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Deception - The two plays deal with similar issues of deception and hypocrisy present in the society and how people wear masks in order to conform to the social norms of their respective societies. Both the authors, Henrik Ibsen and Moliere have made effective use of ‘deception’ in order to bring their ideas and views through to their audience.’ Ghosts’ is a perfect example of a realistic play which attacks the hypocrisy present in the society and in its value systems. Ibsen therefore was known as the father of modern theatre....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Moliere] 1894 words
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The Characters of Molière's The Misanthrope - The Characters of Molière's The Misanthrope The characters in Molière's The Misanthrope inhabit a world different from that of many of the playwright's other works: we are viewing the actions of people at the very top of the social ladder of 17th-century France. For example, the foppish Acaste and Clitandre, who come into Célimène's house in the second act, are marquesses, the second-highest rank one can hold in the country. They can spend most of the day with Célimène, if they so choose, for their only remaining duty at court is to attend the coucher of Louis XIV, the formal going-to-bed ceremony of the king, to which only the highest members of the court were invited to attend....   [tags: Molière's Misanthrope Essays]
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Molieres "the Imaginary Invalid" - Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" is a farcical play about a hypochondriac who is so obsessed with his health and money that he ends up neglecting his family. The story involves several different themes and plots within one family. A new interpretation of this 17th century play is now being performed at the Arts Club Theater; it incorporates some new changes and modernizations in addition to the traditional improvisation. Morris Panych has definitely succeeded in delivering a new, more comical version of Moliere's final play....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Early Signs of Feminism in Molière’s Tartuffe - Early signs of feminism in Molière’s Tartuffe The female characters in Molière’s Tartuffe display feminist behaviors years before the feminist movement emerged historically. Many of their actions, words and behaviors are completely out of character for women of their time. Moliere makes a strong statement with this play by presenting female characters that go against convention. The gender inequality when the Enlightenment began was extreme. The women in this play try to fight against this inequality and in the end it is the patriarch of the family that is fooled by Tartuffe yet most of the female characters remain un-fooled throughout the play....   [tags: inequality, arrogance, norms]
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Views of Voltaire and Molière on the Role of Women in French Cultural Life - The role of women in society has been a controversial one. Most religions see women as being inferior to men and are of the view that women were created as a companion for men. A lot of our social morale stems from religion; hence this help to shape the view that woman is inferior and is to be submissive to their male counterpart. Society has set roles which each sex is expected to play. Gender role is a theoretical construct in the social sciences and humanities that refers to a set of social and behavioral norms that, within a specific culture, are widely considered to be socially appropriate for individuals of a specific sex (Princeston.edu)....   [tags: culture, France, religion, gender, education]
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Molieres Tartuffe a Masterpiece of French Literature - Molieres Tartuffe a Masterpiece of French Literature Moliére's Tartuffe has long been considered a masterpiece of French Literature for its powerful social commentary, finely sculptured characters and its presentation of moral theme. While Tartuffe stands soundly on its own merits, its curiosity and impact for audiences both within its own period and for contemporary productions are heightened by the history surrounding its original presentation. Tartuffe was written and produced in a sensitive time for a sensitive audience....   [tags: Papers] 1278 words
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Tartuffe, a Comedy by Molier - Tartuffe is one of the most famous comedies written by the French playwright Molière. The play tells the story of a wealthy Frenchman named Orgon who takes in Tartuffe, a man who presents himself to be religious and passionate but actually turns out to be a hypocrite. Despite his family’s warnings, Orgon completely turns his back on his family in order to protect Tartuffe, who betrays him. During that time the play was first written and performed, many people, along with King Louis XIV himself, enjoyed the play....   [tags: French playwrights, irony, literary analysis]
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Extreme and Moderate Characters in Moliére’s Tartuffe - Extreme and Moderate Characters in Tartuffe In Moliére’s Tartuffe (Moiré 1664), the reader is able to see a great contrast of Extreme and Moderate characters. Extreme characters being those who are seen as over the top, or very passionate people, and the moderate characters having a more calm and subtle approach to ideas. The extreme characters in this case would be Madam Pernelle, Orgon, Tartuffe, and Dorine. The moderate characters are seen as Cleante and Elmire. One of the characters that obviously fall into the extreme character category would be that of Madam Pernelle....   [tags: essays research papers] 525 words
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Feminism During the Enlightenment in Molière's Tartuffe - Feminism During the Enlightenment in Molière's Tartuffe Women have been the most discriminated-against group of people in the entire history of humankind. They have been abused, held back in society, and oftentimes restricted to the home life, leading dull, meaningless lives while men make sure the world goes round. It seems strange that half of the world's population could be held down so long; ever since the dawn of humanity, women have been treated like second-class citizens. Only in the past 100 years or so have women started to win an equal place in society in the Western world....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Love in Molière's play, Tartuffe, John Donne’s Canonization, and Crashaw's On the Wounds of Our Cru - Love in Molière's play, Tartuffe, John Donne’s Canonization, and Crashaw's On the Wounds of Our Crucified Lord Other than being examples of some of the best literature of the seventeenth century, the three works listed in the title of this essay don't seem to fit very well together. Or do they maybe after all. Creativity consists of connecting things that don't always seem to be related. All three of these works of literature deal with the various aspects of love--both human and divine. Earlier this semester I read about the Italian poet, Petrarch, whose sonnets followed certain romantic conventions as he recounted his unrequited love for Laura....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 2354 words
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The Characters in Tartuffe - Jean-Baptiste Poquelin or better known by his stage name, Moliere, first began performing the play Tartuffe in 1664. The play was received very well by the public of Paris and was also performed for King Louis XIV even though the subject manner was considered controversial for the time. The time period in which Moliere wrote the play in was during the Age of Enlightenment, which was a time when people were beginning to actually think for themselves rather than blindly accept the traditional views....   [tags: Religious Critique, Hypocrite]
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Orgon's Incompetence in "Tartuffe" - Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere's Tartuffe is an epic play of hypocrisy, betrayal, and the tale of a foolish mind. Moliere's choice of protagonist in this play happens to be the most blatantly ignorant character in the play. Orgon is naive to the villain Tartuffe's hypocritical ways, makes a complete dunce of himself by uplifting Tartuffe as holy, and failing to pick up the abundance of clues of Tartuffe being fake. Analyzing this character is rather interesting and at the same time frustrating to read of someone so ignorant that they fail to see the wolf hiding under the sheep clothing....   [tags: European Literature] 636 words
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A Comparison of A Modest Proposal, Tartuffe, and Candide - Writers use personality traits and events to change the classical ideals. Majority of the writer's focus is to change people's attitude's. Jonathan Swift, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere, Francois-Marie Arquet de Voltaire use characterization and plot to challenge the themes of the Neo-Classical period. In A Modest Proposal, Jonathan Swift challenges the Neo-classical period by creating a sense of instability in their way of thinking. He attacks the society by carelessly endorsing cannibalism in hopes to help Ireland through their economic crisis....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Women in Power - Currently, there are nineteen female heads of state who hold power over entire nations. This figure does not include women of royalty. These nineteen women are elected chancellors and presidents of their respective countries. Before the seventeenth century, a woman in power was not only non-existent, but also completely against the common beliefs about women. During this time, the common preconception of women was that they were the ‘gentler sex’ and therefore, had to be sheltered and kept at home....   [tags: Heads of State, Chancellors, Presidents]
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Moilere's Rise to Fame - Molière was the stage name of French actor and playwright, Jean Baptiste Poquelin, born Paris 1622. In 1643, he joined nine others to produce and perform comedies as a company named ‘Illustre-Théâtre’. In 17th Century Paris the numbers of people visiting theatres was insufficient and within two years, the company was bankrupt. Jean was sent to prison for debts on the properties he owned so when he was released in late 1945, he changed his name to Molière and, for around 13 years, the company made a living by touring the provinces of France....   [tags: playwright, satire, neoclassic] 758 words
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Voltaire's Candide - Voltaire's Candide Voltaire uses many writing techniques, which are similar to that of the works of Cervantes, Alighieri, Rabelais and Moliere. The use of the various styles shows that, despite the passing of centuries and the language change, certain writing techniques will always be effective. One common literary technique is the author's use of one or more of his characters as his own voice to speak out the authors own views on certain subjects. For instance, in Moliere's Tartuffe, the author uses the character of Cleante to speak out against religious hypocrites: "Nothing that I more cherish and admire than honest zeal and true religious fire....   [tags: Voltaire Candide ] 1186 words
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