Which characters in Moliere's Tartuffe exemplify the theme of Religious Hypocrisy versus True Christian Virtue and how do you see this?
The title character, Tartuffe, is the character who exemplifies religious hypocrisy in Moliere's play. He lays claim to Christian acts , such as giving charity to the poor and unfortunate, when, in fact, he is engaged in immoral practices or acts, such seduction of a friend's wife. He also presents himself as a moral authority for those beneath him, giving them instruction in how to behave when his behavior is a moral shame.
The character Cléante is the representative of true Christian values and expounds to Orgon on the fact that true Christianity doesn't make a display of itself but lives a quiet virtuousness and practices what it preaches. He later remonstrates with Organ when the latter shows a vindictive retaliatory attitude toward Tartuffe who has been arrested. Cléante admonishes that true Christian values require them to hope for Tartuffe's repentance and for a lighter sentence to be past for his punishment.