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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Analysis on the French Comedy Tartuffe - “Tartuffe Reaction Paper” I watched “Tartuffe”, a comedy by the French author Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, widely known by his stage name Moliere. The characters were so well presented to the audience, we had a great understanding of the purpose of each person in the play. The two characters that impressed me the most were Dorine- the maid, and of course, Tartuffe. The energy that the two have is absolutely incredible, and I think every one of us in the audience received the exact message the cast was sending....   [tags: energy, audience, maid, play] 715 words
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Appearance and Reality in Monkey and Tartuffe - Creator of Le Misanthrope and French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin had written Tartuffe, or the Impostor during the 17th century. Among the classical stories of the Chinese literature entitled Journey to the West, otherwise known as "Monkey" is created by Chinese scholar Wu Cheng'en. The comedy Tartuffe and the Monkey by Wu Cheng’en are stories accentuating on the exploration of the concepts of appearance and reality. Tartuffe is a simple, realistic story about understanding the real deceivers and those who are deceived in life as represented by the antagonist in the comedy named Tartuffe....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]
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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, 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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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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Tartuffe and The Death of Ivan Ilyich - What exactly is dysfunctional. Who wrote the rules to proper family or societal behavior. How does one know exactly what the proper reaction is. Every family has its crazy members and every city it’s insane citizens, but many do a great job of covering it up. Especially when it comes to high in social standing. Many are very careful not to air their dirty laundry in public. There are times when it can get out of hand and the unthinkable may happen. Is it right for one person to automatically appoint themselves as head of the household such as, Orgon in Tartuffe....   [tags: dysfunctional, praskovya, pernelle ]
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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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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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Tartuffe: An Excellent Example of a Neoclassical Drama - Tartuffe is an excellent example of a neoclassical drama because of its close adherence to the guidelines set forth in Aristotle’s Poetics, its use of character structure, and its incorporation of the common neoclassical ideas involving: reason, rational thinking, as well as logical problem solving. During the beginning of the 17th Century neoclassical thought began to dominate the stage in France. In the domain of theatre, this meant that neoclassical writers began to look back to the ideals and beliefs of classical times, accentuating the classic ideas of rational control and discipline....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Drama]
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Enlightenment and Tartuffe - Enlightenment and Tartuffe The ideals of the Enlightenment can be found in many of the writings from this time period. There are a few characteristics that are commonly associated with the Enlightenment. This was the age of reason. People at this time began to apply rational thoughts to figure out and understand nature and to guide their human existence. In Moliere’s Tartuffe, this ideal is expressed through the character of the king. In the end, Tartuffe has brought an officer of the king back to take Orgon away....   [tags: Free Essays Online] 446 words
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Seeing in Tartuffe - When a character in the play Tartuffe talks about seeing, they aren't talking about actually seeing, but understanding or believing. The problem in the story concerned with not seeing, which is what starts this sequence of events. Orgon refuses to see the fact that Tartuffe is a hypocrite and won't believe it until he sees it with his own eyes near the end of the play. To see how dedicated to Orgon is to Tartuffe, just look at page 319. When Dorine is telling him about the sickness his wife had, Orgon's only concern is Tartuffe, who was doing very well....   [tags: essays research papers] 420 words
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Self-Image in Tartuffe - Self-Image in Tartuffe In Tartuffe, Orgon illustrates what happens when we allow society's image of our lives to dictate our own self-image. In the 1600's a society existed in which social conventions held individuals more responsible for their public images than for their private lives. Individuals were deemed worthy or unworthy by the image they projected in their public lives. Orgon had shown himself to be worthy to society by having supported the kingdom in a civil war, "By these decrees, our Prince rewards you for / Your loyal deeds in the late civil war,"....   [tags: Papers] 678 words
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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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Deception in Tartuffe, Phaedra, and The Marriage of Figaro - Deception in Tartuffe, Phaedra, and The Marriage of Figaro   In literature, deception can provide motivation for the characters, provide comedy, play a part in the advancement of plot or exist as a sub-theme. The works considered in our studies thus far provide prime examples of the use of deception in the aforementioned ways. This essay will focus on the act or acts of deception in Tartuffe by Molière, Phaedra by Racine, and The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais. In Molière's Tartuffe, the primary action of the play is focused upon the deception of Orgon as performed by Tartuffe....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 736 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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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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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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False Hypocrisy - André Gilde once fittingly said, “The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity”; in other words, one blinded by power, whose actions and thoughts are a dichotomy is a true hypocrite. I agree with Gilde. A true hypocrite according to Gilde is someone who zealously enforces their thoughts and stops recognizing their deception in the process. When one ceases to perceive one’s own deception, s/he is preaching thoughts blindly; preaching thoughts blindly spurs only semblance not reality....   [tags: Tartuffe, Play Analysis]
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Hypocritical Failure - André Gilde once fittingly said, “The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity”; in other words, one blinded by delusion, whose actions and thoughts are a dichotomy is a true hypocrite. I agree with Gilde. A true hypocrite according to Gilde is someone who zealously enforces their thoughts and stops recognizing their deception in the process. When one ceases to perceive one’s own deception, s/he is preaching thoughts blindly; preaching thoughts blindly spurs only semblance not reality....   [tags: Tartuffe. Charachet Analysis] 821 words
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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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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 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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Family and Loyalty in 17th Century Plays - Family and loyalty are popular themes in literature and are often the focus of plays. While at first glance, Moliere’s Tartuffe and Racine’s Phèdre seem different, considering that the first one is a comedy and the second is a tragedy, at its heart, the two plays have very similar family structures and their stories are driven by loyalty or the absence of it. Even though the plays introduce two families that are centuries apart, Phèdre takes place in the Antiquity, while Tartuffe is set in the 17th century, yet both of these families are patriarchal and immense loyalty surrounds the two fathers....   [tags: marriage, decisions, feelings] 810 words
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The Enlightenment: An Incredible Change - The Enlightenment is known as the age of reasons because of its gradual changes or transitions from traditional to modern societies. It was a big change from faith or religion towards science and the intellectual reasoning. Also, many societies or people changed their styles of living and beliefs such as they went from rural to urban, agriculture to commerce, believe to reason, religion to science, and so on. During the Neo-Classical era, many world famous writers such as Jean-Baptiste Poquelin known by Moliere, Jonathan Swift, and Francois-Marie Arouet know by Voltaire wrote some incredible stories, poems, plays and articles about the age of reason....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Analysis of Satirical Literature - During the Age of Enlightenment, people began believing in and relying upon rational thought instead of religious dogma to explain the world. This newfound emphasis on rationality promoted a breadth of freedom in speech that was previously unknown, a fact which was utilized by philosophers such as John Locke, Rousseau, and Sir Isaac Newton. In addition, the Age of Enlightenment produced famous writers who didn’t agree with the irrational politics and old traditions of their respective countries, and instead relied upon wit and satire to expose the corruption and poor human condition existing around them....   [tags: Enlightenment Writers, Rationality] 798 words
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Discerning Truth from Falsehood - Paradise Lost and Tartuffe are similar works, both exploring the subjects of truth and falsehood. As such, Milton's Paradise Lost portrays the continuous battle between good and evil. In Paradise Lost, Eve falls from the safety of the prelapsarian state into the insecure, sinful postlapsarian world because she is unable to distinguish truth from falsehood. Likewise, Molière's Tartuffe exemplifies the problem of hypocrisy. Tartuffe explores the concept of how easy it is to deceive another person, while displaying how hard it can be to distinguish the truth....   [tags: Personal Essays] 918 words
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Orgon The Good, Or Orgon The B - In the beginning of Moliere’s play Tartuffe, the character Orgon is very distasteful, but changes by the end of the play and becomes more amiable. The character Orgon, in the beginning, is exceedingly stern. For example, in the beginning of the play, Orgon takes a man into his home, to which he believes is pious in every way. This man is Tartuffe, who deceives Orgon and Madame Pernelle into thinking he is a heavenly man, in order to gain their wealth and Orgon’s wife. He Tartuffe succeeds in deceiving those two but the rest of Orgon’s family discovers his unheavenly ways....   [tags: essays research papers] 702 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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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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Comedy's Effectiveness in Coveying Morals to an Audience - In a general sense morality refers to the ability to decipher the difference between good and bad or right and wrong behavior (Webster). Morality has shown itself to be an ever-present theme throughout the life of theatre. By incorporating morality into theatre it gives the audience an opportunity to not only be entertained, but also allows the audience to gain a life lesson through a non- threatening and easily understood approach. Morality within theatre has its roots within Tragedy and Morality Plays, however as comedy continued to develop from early Greek comedies to Comedia dell’arte, all the way to Moliére it showed to have an increasingly effective voice when speaking to...   [tags: morality within theater]
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Shifts in Sensibility - During the end of the seventeenth century and early eighteenth century a socio-political shift occurred. Sensibilities transferred from the logic of the Enlightenment, or Neo-classical Period, to those feelings and emotions of the Romantic Age. During the Enlightenment authors such as Moliére & Swift used reason and rational to present their ideas. They address broad socio-political issues with their writings. Moliére in his satirical work, Tartuffe, focuses upon hypocrisy within the clergy....   [tags: essays research papers] 636 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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