Tartuffe is a satirical comedic play written by Molière in 1664. It is focused around the family of Orgon and the character of Tartuffe, who has become Orgon’s personal holy man. Before being brought into Orgon’s home, Tartuffe was nothing more than a common beggar who learned how to act pious. Throughout this play, we see Orgon give everything he owns to Tartuffe: his love, his money, his daughter, and even the deed to his house. While everyone else in the household sees Tartuffe for who he really is, Orgon remains blind to it throughout most of the play. Orgon is warned many times by different members of the household, including his own son, yet he only chooses to lash out against those speaking. From early on in the play we as readers are able to recognize that Tartuffe is no more than a hypocrite and Orgon is a blind fool. In the play Tartuffe by Molière there are several different important themes that impact this work, …show more content…
A satirical comedy is an attempt to ridicule a certain aspect of government, religion, or another aspect of society to bring about change through the use of comedy to lighten the blow. Tartuffe is a prime example of a satirical comedy. Molière used this play to point out one of the biggest flaws of organized religion during his time, religious hypocrisy. Although he may not have directly intended it to be about the Catholic Church, it was interpreted by them as such so they made the king ban it for a period of time. By making it into a play, Molière was able to reach a larger audience. People tend to enjoy plays more so due to their quick, lively nature. Plays are always changing, and they are stories being brought to life. A reader may not be interested by a short story or novella, but a play could be the very thing to draw in their attention. Molière was able to reach more people by making this into a play, therefore making the problem of religious hypocrisy more widely
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. A fool is a fool unless they open their eyes to see the truth, and it took Orgon the majority of the play to realize the truth.
Out of the plays that we could have chosen to produce, I have decided to go with Molière’s, “Tartuffe.” This play is a comedy that comes from 17th century France and is heavily influenced by two large sources of experience for Molière. Those sources are the rules and structure for a play put in place by the French academy and the lessons of improvisation taught by the Commedia dell’Arte. This piece is written in fives acts that are in a unique alexandrine style of verse which have 12 syllables in a line and usually ends with rhyming words. The reason I chose this play is because, in my opinion, things like television, movies, plays, and other forms of media and entertainment are meant to transport you away from all the bad things happening in real life and focus you on something fun and/or interesting. I find this play to have a lot of fun moments that can be mined for even more comedy and I think it has the good chance to keep a large audience entertained for a long period of time. To accomplish my goal I will use elements of situational comedies, France in the 1660’s, and one of Molière’s plays, “A school for girls.”
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.
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. The actions taken by Orgon and his family members express how this play views marriage and relations between men and women. It is a extremely different view (in some cases) of marriage today in average American family.
Within Tartuffe there are many stock characters that play into Molière’s farcical satire. None of which bring as much order and clear thinking as Dorine. This sassy thinking maid stands her ground against those in higher social standing, and is not blind forward to the madness in her surroundings like the other characters in Tartuffe. Dorine supports the theme naïve and awareness in of Tartuffe by using her position as a housemaid and knowledge of the social dynamics in the household to point out and address the corruption made by Tartuffe.
Tartuffe is one of my favorite play of theatrical comedies. I consider that Tartuffe best embodies enlightenment ideologies than in Persepolis. The main character in itself has been so popular over the years that the word “Tartuffe” it is used to describe a hypocrite. It touches on subjects regarding religion beliefs and aristocrat powers. The mere fact that the play was banned from performing due to the subliminal message, shows the limitations and danger of those times.
Moliere’s Tartuffe introduces a moral through a middle-class man named Orgon, who chooses to put forth faith and trust in a low-class religious stranger, though is deceived and poorly treated. Orgon’s first impression of Tartuffe consists of a holy and honest Christian who does not lie under any circumstance. Considering Tartuffe as a spiritual man, Orgon brings him home as a guest, providing him with food, clothing, and an offering for his daughter’s hand. Although Orgon’s thinks very highly of Tartuffe, his family attempts to warn him of Tartuffe’s deceptive and fraud-like nature. However, Orgon’s mother, Madame Pernelle, supports her son’s view of the guest, as they could not point out deceits due to their overpowering admiration. At the
Tartuffe is a play filled with humor, comedy, and satire written by Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere. Tartuffe focuses around a religious hypocrite by the name of Tartuffe, who tries to manipulate a friend for his estate. Moliere demonstrates how misrepresentation of religion can have unwanted repercussion. Madame Pernelle, Orgon’s mother, defends Tartuffe and leaves Orgon’s house after being aggravated and frustrated with the behavior and allegations of everyone there. Tartuffe is viewed by members of Orgon’s house as an imposter, a bigot, and a manipulator. Orgon is a wealthy yet gullible man who defending Tartuffe and is put in an awkward situation between him and his family. Cleante, Orgon’s brother-in-law, tries to keep the structure and
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.
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. In aiming and striking the pride of the church, Moliere's pleasurable masterpiece was banned from stage between 1664-1669. This work being enjoyed by the king and later deemed suitable, returned to theater to educated the masses on religious hypocrisy alongside blind passion.
The play Tartuffe by Jean Baptiste Moliere is about Tartuffe, a hypocrite, who acquires what he wants by deceiving Orgon. Since Orgon was ignorant to his son Damis, he ends up believing Tartuffe instead of his son. Orgon then disinherits his son’s wealth and gives this to Tartuffe the hypocrite. Although Mariane, Orgon’s
Through its contrasting scenes, Moliere’s “Tartuffe” illustrates the flaws in human nature with regard to the foundation of morals. Religious hypocrisy plays a major role in each of the characters’ lives. One character, Orgon, in particular falls subject to the deception of Tartuffe, who pretends to be a devout, pious, and humble man. Orgon is a firm believer that morals are derived from religion and that a strong religious conviction is the foundation for morality. He is so convinced that a religious person can do no wrong that he would sacrifice those he loves, as well as his worldly possessions as he is duped throughout most of the play. Most of the characters in the play do not agree with Orgon’s view and believe Tartuffe to be a fake
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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. However this ruling was made unfairly since true religion is never confounded with hypocrisy, but is upheld with warmth, which shows his characteristic hatred of imposture in any shape.