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A Comparison Of Tartuffe And A Midsummer Night's Dream

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The French neoclassicism Tartuffe by Moliere and Shakespeare Midsummer Night’s Dream are comedies that use dishonesty and foolish love to teach life lessons. They begin their lessons from the onset of their titles (Miller, Reinert, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Molière, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Čehov, Shaw, Glaspell, O 'Neil, Williams, Miller, Hansberry, Fugard, Jones, and Wilde 1). Tartuffe refers to an individual considered a religious hypocrite. In the play, Orgon falls for Tartuffe’s dishonesty blindly when he believes him over his family. Most translations suggest that Tartuffe slithers between reality and illusion. He is an impostor, an element that Moliere manages to portray as what exists and what appears to exist in his play.…show more content…
The first act of foolishness comes from Egeus after he stops Hermia from marrying Lysander. Egeus has many complaints against Hermia and he even confesses some of them to Theseus yet Hermia is his daughter. It indicates how foolish her father is, given that she is the only child he has. In most cases, parents with one child will often do what their child wants because the child’s well-being is their only source of happiness. Therefore, if he denies Hermia her happy marriage, she will live in sadness, which will have a similar effect on him. It is unlike most parents to let their children undergo suffering if it will last many years in marriage. Instead, Egeus insists that Hermia should marry Demetrius, although Hermia does not have feelings for him. His actions show that her father is foolish to the extent that he is willing to ruin her life. In fact, Egeus gives ultimatums to her daughter that she would rather die or be a Nan if she fails to comply with his demands. Egeus is ruining his daughter’s life rather than mending it. On a similar note, the lesson of injustice merges as Egeus denies Hermia and Lysander a chance to get married yet they are in love. The lesson is that people should not use their positions of power to deny other people what they want, or more importantly, what they deserve. They should learn to ignore their selfish interests and learn to embrace the fact that things will not always towards…show more content…
Damis caught Tartuffe seducing his mother, and he believes he has adequate proof to make his father punish Tartuffe. He describes Tartuffe’s character as black, and he proceeds to his father to reveal what he found out. However, his father does not believe that Tartuffe is a hypocrite hence he asserts that Damis is not right. He insists that Tartuffe’s hypocrisy claims are a motive by his son to taint his reputation and purity. In this scene, the author lays emphasis on an element of foolishness. Orgon prefers to enshrine his trust in a stranger rather than his family. He should give priority to his son because Tartuffe is just a third party who may pretend to have Orgon’s well-being at heart. It even shows that the disagreement between the father and his son may a result of the father’s blindness and poor judgment. Instead of taking precautions to understand Tartuffe’s innate nature, Orgon continues to make more mistakes by insisting that his daughter should marry Tartuffe and not Mariane. On the other hand, his daughter wants to marry Mariane. Through the marriage, Orgon hopes that Tartuffe can attain a better social position and remain within the house forever. It shows that Tartuffe has some control over Orgon because he feels the need to keep him around all the time regardless of the negative things he hears about him. Here, the reader learns that people must listen to the opinions of others and respond appropriately to
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