Morals and Ethics in Tartuffe by Moliere

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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.

The question of course, is how much and why, why do we believe as we do. Well, I'll tell you why….we were born that way. From birth we were meant to be a certain way. We were meant to follow a certain believe, that's what makes us who we are. For example, in Moliere's Tartuffe, Tartuffe acted in the name of every ethical belief imaginable, yet lived by not one of them. Tartuffe was without a doubt a man of nonexistent morality. Which better proves my point, "people are born with morals." Just as some people are born to be leaders, people are also born to live as honest ethical human beings. Of course in the case of morality, ethical stability comes in various levels. All who hold the ability to live as principled individuals maintain a certain amount of moral dignity. Despite how much or how little your ethical reasoning stretches, it's still there, and will always be there.

Tartuffe was an odious hypocrite whose apparent piety ingratiated him with the credulous Orgon and his mother Mme. Both Orgon and his mother believed that Tartuffe's pious example of immaculate ethics would be good for the remaining members of the fa...

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...t the entirety of this paper, people are born with morals. When a criminal repeatedly commits a horrendous crime without feeling the slightest amount of repentance he is without question lacking all, and any sense of morality. Tartuffe is indubitably deficient of any ethical credence. As I am fully aware that there is no such thing as a morality gene or an ethical gene, I still and always will believe that people must be born with something that defines their ability to live a principled life. Be it a part of our DNA or a simple balance in nature, morality is not something you can buy or learn to have. It comes from within, and no matter how hard you try to refuse its presence, you can't….just as when it doesn't exist, you can't force it to appear. You can however help what you do possess grow and allow it to one-day flourish.

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