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  • A Critical Analysis Of Moliere's Tartuffe

    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 Appearance Vs Reality Analysis

    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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  • Female Characters In Tartuffe By Mary Wollstonecraft And Moliere

    For a long period of time, our society was accustomed and perhaps encouraged to maintain a certain level of secrecy regarding many components of our society. It was not acceptable to openly condemn and express personal opinions about topics, such as, women rights, religion, and politics. However, during the enlightenment, in the seventeenth century, there was a slight change. Authors such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Moliere, deliberately expressed their concerns about this “controversial” topics,…

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  • Ignorance And Blindness In Shakespeare's 'Tartuffe'

    would bend and kiss the ground” (Moliere 32). Tartuffe is trying to gain Orgon’s benevolence by doing acts meant to impress: “When I rose to go, he’d run before/ To offer me holy-water at the door […] I gave him gifts, but in his humbleness/ He’d beg me every time to give him less” (Moliere 32). Tartuffe also gains Madame Pernelle’s sympathy: “He’s a fine man, and should be listened to./ I will not hear him mocked by fools like you” (Moliere…

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  • Rethinking The Frogs Henrik Ibsen Analysis

    Semester One Final Essay: Rethinking The Frogs Debate The two playwrights I have chosen for the purpose of this essay are Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673), known by his stage name as Molière, and Henrik Johan Ibsen (1828-1906). Molière was born on January 15th in Paris, France and is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. I have chosen Molière as one of my two playwrights because I believe that one of the ways to ‘save society’ is through comedy. Ibsen…

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  • The Misuse Of Faith In Moliere's Tartuffe

    Tartuffe is a comedic play written by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, and he was most commonly known by his stage name, Moliere. In Tartuffe, the power of false teaching and habit of trusting the wrong sort of people is illuminated throughout the play. Moliere was greatly influenced by the historical conflicts that the Enlightenment era brought, specifically pertaining to the church’s response to the new age of thinking and reasoning. Even though Moliere seems to be mocking the Catholic faith, he is…

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  • The Ending Of Tartuffe

    it is convenient to assume that because the play is labeled as a comedy, it will have a happy ending that will leave the audience feeling content. In reality, while the contrived ending that Moliere has written and a direct interpretation of the text in the staging of the play will leave the audience feeling…

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  • The Imaginary Invalid Analysis

    elements into his plays. Like many Enlightenment authors, including Corneille, Racine and Boileau, he resolutely applied Aristotle’s comedic principles as laid out in “Poetics.” Molière is also known for his scathing satirization of common institutions and politics. These traits define Molière’s work, combining to make “The Imaginary Invalid” a timeless tale. Commedia dell’Arte influenced…

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  • Similarities Between Candide And Tartuffe

    Voltaire and his works came after Molière and his works. Like Molière, Voltaire criticized the church, but rather through hidden messages in plays and books, he explicitly attacked the church and the government of France in his books, and is one of the people who is credited for kicking off the French Revolution. Voltaire’s most famous work is his satire Candide, which like Molière’s Tartuffe, was widely banned because it made fun of religion and the government. While both Molière and Voltaire…

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  • The Would Be Gentleman Character Analysis

    be defined as the power and career one holds in society. Regardless of one’s present day definition of social status, the seventeenth-century definition of status as portrayed by Molière in The Would-Be Gentleman, is somewhat unique. Nobles such as Dorante, the bourgeois, or middle-class members of society such as Madame Jourdain and Monsieur Jourdain, and servants like Nicole primarily make up the social classes, or levels of status in society. While many French women like Madame Jourdain are…

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