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    Tartuffe is a theatrical production that is written and was first produced by Molière in 1664. It follows the story of a Parisian by the name of Orgon who happens to be the patriarch of a wealthy and influential family whose world is turned upside down when he decides to shelter a stranger by the name of Tartuffe. The events begin to unravel after Lady Pernelle who is Orgon’s mother chastises him for the sinfulness and depravity of his household; claiming no one recognizes the piety and holiness of Tartuffe. Thereafter, Orgon’s manner toward Tartuffe begins to change to such a degree that it almost seems like he is infatuated with him. Because of this, Orgon decides to break up his daughter’s previous engagement to a gentleman named Valère…

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    Tartuffe Stock Characters

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    In this essay, I will be focusing on the characters Madame Pernelle and Tartuffe. I will be analyzing their personal characteristics, as well as, their interactions with other characters. Also, I will provide evidence as to why they are stock characters and how they are important in the play Tartuffe. Before I get into the analysis, I will first give a brief background of the play Tartuffe and the significance of stock characters. The play Tartuffe was written by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, who was…

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    Satire In Tartuffe

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    Reading a comedic political satire from the 17th century magnifies interest in characters, motifs, and hidden truths. Tartuffe, by Moliere, is a French farce which exemplifies as over exaggerated, critical towards the upper class, and comedic. It also ridicules religion, economics, and poverty. Tartuffe is a comedy that points out a man's imperfections and weaknesses as a subject matter for laughter and ridicule. Moliere’s unique choice of using stock characters contributes to the technical…

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    Tartuffe is widely considered Moliere’s finest comedic play, written in 1664. It was considered quite scandalous at the time and King Louis XIV censured it (Scott 2000). The play was subtitled ‘The Imposter’, or sometimes ‘The Hypocrite’. So deeply woven into our intellectual culture is the play, or rather its protagonist, that in both French and English ‘Tartuffe’ has officially become a word. The definition in English is ‘a hypocritical pretender to piety’. This essay will examine Moliere’s…

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    appearances, the evil wizard was able to hide the reality that he was truly a lion on a mission. Though the evil wizard was one of the most manipulative characters, Pigsy and the Dragon both deceived reality with their appearances. Pigsy fooled those of the woman he married into believing he was a hard working young man, but once his true identity of a pig was known they soon became fearful of him. Another instance was when the white dragon was punished for eating the white horse so he was…

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    Moliére Essay

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    fifteenth century, farce became its own genre, originating in France, with such plays as La farce de Maitre Pierre Pathelin dating all the way back to 1470 (www.bartleby.com). Instances of farcical elements, such as broad, ribald humor, physical gesture, and absurd situations will later be the heart of commedia dell’arte, and the core of Molière’s plays. In 1653 Molière’s troupe had their first success when he and the Bejarts performed at the provincial court of the prince de Conti at…

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    Orgon, the head of the household in the comedy Tartuffe: a respected man by his friends and family and righteously served the King; he is a rational, sane man but questions emerge when he becomes ludicrous and he is not the same man as he was before. He demonstrates a form of satire because of his strong-willed mind of Tartuffe and then being tricked into the fraudly innocence of Tartuffe. His actions lead to different conflicts within the family which leads us to believe that he is careless…

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    Tartuffe Play Review Essay

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    On Friday November 13, I had the pleasure of seeing one of Moliere’s most famous theatrical comedies, Tartuffe, performed at the University Theatre of Cal State San Bernardino Ronald E. Barnes Theatre. In the play, Orgon, a wealthy Parisian patriarch falls under the influence of a hypocrite named Tartuffe. Luckily, Tartuffe’s antics do not fool the rest of the family or friends. In order to show Orgon how terrible Tartuffe really is, his wife Elmire, takes matters into her own hands. She…

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    Orgon, the head of the household in the comedy Tartuffe: a respected man by his friends and family and righteously served the King; he is a rational, sane man but questions emerge when he becomes ludicrous and he is not the same man as he was before. He demonstrates a form of satire because of his strong-willed mind of Tartuffe and then being tricked into the fraudly innocence of Tartuffe. His actions lead to different conflicts within the family which leads us to believe that he is careless…

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    Moliere and Voltaire have several things in common. They both are French writers and passionate to write stories about religion. For example, Moliere wrote “Tartuffe or the Imposter” and Voltaire wrote “Candide or Optimism”. Those stories are related to the religion belief. Voltaire story stated that "As far as human concerned, God gave them reason and then left them free to use it". It has happened in the Moliere story (Tartuffe) if Orgon had faith in God he would not bring the deceiver into…

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