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Tartuffe

French playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, first wrote Tartuffe in 1663–1664. This first version of the play was immediately banned by King Louis XIV in response to...

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Tartuffe

In Tartuffe by Molière, the actual character Tartuffe does not enter the scene until the third act of the play. However, Molière is able to establish Tartuffe's hypocrisy beforehand through what...

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Tartuffe

French playwright Moliere, born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622–1673), wrote his comic masterpiece Tartuffe in 1663–1664. The first version of the play—which was never published, and for which no text...

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Tartuffe

Moliere uses rhyming couplets in Tartuffe and each line of the play has the same number of syllables: twelve. Moliere uses rhyme because this is a madcap, fast-paced comedy, and the rhyme scheme...

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Tartuffe

Metaphors are figures of speech that make comparisons of two unrelated things. The comparisons are not literally true, but help to explain the ideas an author is attempting to relate to readers or...

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Tartuffe

In Tartuffe, the conflict between Mariane and Valere comes about because of her father's, Orgon's, betrayal in reneging on his permission for Mariane's marriage to Valere and insistence that...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2010, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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Tartuffe

Moliere deepens his satirical treatment of French society in act 4, scene 5 of Tartuffe by exposing the title character’s flaws to his patron and host, Orgon. Tartuffe shows his true colors as a...

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Tartuffe

In Moliere's seventeenth-century farce Tartuffe, the playwright does not formally introduce the title character until the second scene of the third act. Writers sometimes use this method,...

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Tartuffe

In response to Madame Pernelle's worries about rumors and criticism directed at Orgon's family, Dorine names two acquaintances, "Daphne and her little husband," but more importantly identifies the...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2010, 4:51 am (UTC)

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Tartuffe

Dorine is very much a stock character: the "wise servant." In this role, she acts almost as a Greek chorus, supplying the audience with a running commentary on events. She highlights certain...

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Tartuffe

Two characters that lend themselves to comparison and contrast are Alceste and Tartuffe. Both are alike in being extreme versions of a personality type. Alceste is an overly honest misanthrope...

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Tartuffe

Farce is a comic style, signifying broad, unsubtle, uncharactered, often physical humor appealing to the “lower” audience appetite, often associated with vaudeville, slapstick routines, and raucous...

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Tartuffe

The characters in Moliere's Tartuffe, or The Imposter use masks and deception in order to get what they want. As suggested by the title, Tartuffe is an imposter and hypocrite who pretends to be a...

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Tartuffe

Tartuffe represents religious hypocrisy. He cons Orgon by pretending to be a religiously devoted and pious person who denies himself and spends his time involved in charitable works to help the...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019, 8:12 am (UTC)

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Tartuffe

You clearly have been given some excellent advice relating to the answer. I will focus on the essay question: How are the other characters in "Tartuffe" employed to develop the theme of hypocrisy...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2010, 2:44 pm (UTC)

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Tartuffe

In both plays, the asides allow characters to reveal their true feelings to the audience. In Tartuffe, some of the asides come from Dorine, who is a sharp commentator on the weaknesses of her...

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Tartuffe

To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, substituting false piety for patriotism, hypocrisy “is the last refuge of scoundrels.” In Tartuffe, master of the house Orgon is overawed by all-around holy man...

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Tartuffe

Tartuffe, or The Impostor, or The Hypocrite, was written by Molière in 1664, at a time when the Académie française was actively involved in regulating French language, grammar, and literature,...

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Tartuffe

Religious hypocrisy is satirized in Tartuffe through the character of Tartuffe, a con artist who pretends to be a particularly pious Christian. As other characters, like Cleante, who are not...

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Tartuffe

The romantic subplot of Mariane and Valere in "Tartuffe" contains the traditional difficulties of the father in a patariarchal society who demands that his daughter marry another man, and a lovers'...

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Tartuffe

As was traditional in the seventeenth century setting of Moliere's Tartuffe, in which the French aristocracy was in power, the society was a patriarchal one. As such, Orgon is clearly the head of...

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Tartuffe

The thinkers of the eighteenth century, the era that became known as the Enlightenment, emphasized the tensions between reason (intellect and logic) and passion, which included emotion and physical...

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Tartuffe

The character of Tartuffe in Molière's Christian play Tartuffe is the prime example of deceit and deception. He passes himself off as a pious and religious man who is occupied with giving charity...

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Tartuffe

In Moliere's Tartuffe, socially, almost all hold the same position. Dorine is Mariane's lady's maid—and the exception. Dorine is "only" a lady's maid, but she is strong and sensible, and does not...

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Tartuffe

The two characters conversing in the short scene at the opening of act 5 of Moliere's Tartuffe are Orgon (a wealthy gentleman coming to terms with having been deceived and defrauded by the...

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Tartuffe

Tartuffe represents false religious piety. He is a con man of the highest order. He successfully hoodwinks Orgon into thinking that he is what the family needs to return them to their religious...

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Tartuffe

Classical comedy is strongly normative. It is by its nature conservative, making fun of people who transgress social norms and expectations and coming to a happy ending or resolution when the...

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Tartuffe

One of Moliere's most fully developed characters, Dorine is probably an audience's favorite. As the play turns upon the mutual confidence of the two figures who believe they have control of their...

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Tartuffe

In Tartuffe, Elmire, unlike her husband, perceives people realistically. In Act III, during her conversation with Tartuffe, Elmire confims her opinion of him: he is arrogant and lustful, although...

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Tartuffe

In the first scene of Tartuffe, Molière sets out to introduce and define as many characters in the play as possible, while setting the scene and providing the audience with the information they...

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Tartuffe

In Act I, Madame Pernelle, who uses stereotypes to characterize everyone around her as a "fool," "perfect rake," "nothing but a plague" and platitudes such as "still waters...are the deepest,"...

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Tartuffe

In Moliere's Tartuffe, or The Impostor, Tartuffe is a professional in a world of amateurs. He's a professional conman, a hypocrite, and a high-functioning, psychologically astute sociopath. These...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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Tartuffe

Moliere's original play had a Roman Catholic priest as the character Tartuffe. But, because the farcical plot centers around some rather outrageous religious hypocrisy, and because France during...

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Tartuffe

In the drama, Moliere draws a sharp contrast between conventional behavior and morality. This is seen most clearly through the character of Orgon. As the head of his household, Orgon wields...

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Tartuffe

Adopting the stage name Molière, Jean Baptiste Poquelin composed a dozen satirical dramas, the most famous of which is Tartuffe. It should be noted that during his lifetime as a popular dramatist,...

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Tartuffe

Although the characters in Tartuffe mention Heaven quite a lot, seeming to use the word in reference to not just "God" but also "fate" and, of course, a literal afterlife, perhaps the most...

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Tartuffe

Tartuffe, by Jean Baptiste Poquelin, better known as "Moliere," was banned from public performance by King Louis XIV of France in 1664 on religious grounds, banned again in a second version in 1667...

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Tartuffe

In Act III, Scene 3 of Tartuffe, the licentious Tartuffe, a stage imitator of a religious hypocrite, talks with Elmire, who wishes to discuss her husband's plans about having Tartuffe marry his...

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Tartuffe

The first version of the classic French comedy Tartuffe, written by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622–1673), known as "Moliere," was banned by King Louis XIV of France in 1667 in order to appease French...

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Tartuffe

The vast discrepancy between words and deeds is obvious throughout the play. As Cleante puts it, “truly pious people… are not the ones who make the biggest show.” Tartuffe—who does make a big...

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Tartuffe

Tartuffe is a religious hypocrite who uses a semblance of piety to disguise his lecherous, avaricious, and dishonest nature. His patron, Orgon, believes he is sincere and is so impressed by...

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Tartuffe

The social conventions of French society in the mid-1600s are reflected in the play in numerous ways. Orgon, as the husband and father, functions as the absolute head of his household. He wields...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2010, 10:20 am (UTC)

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Tartuffe

There's precious little evidence to suggest that Tartuffe has changed by the end of the play. Indeed, if anything, he's become even more devious and hypocritical. In the penultimate scene, he...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018, 10:52 am (UTC)

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Tartuffe

Tartuffe, by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as "Moliere," is a satirical attack on religious hypocrisy. The first version of Tartuffe was banned by King Louis XIV of France in 1664. The second...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019, 8:20 pm (UTC)

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Tartuffe

Throughout the play, Cleante is presented as the voice of reason. He sees through Tartuffe straight away; he knows that beneath his pious, earnest exterior, there beats the heart of a cunning...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019, 9:16 am (UTC)

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Tartuffe

Like all successful con artists, Tartuffe is a master in manipulating others; however, only Orgon and his mother, Madame Pernelle, fall for his pious act, unable to see Tartuffe's selfish motives....

Latest answer posted February 14, 2010, 6:54 am (UTC)

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Tartuffe

Molière's play Tartuffe, or The Impostor, first performed in 1664, is a satire on seventeenth-century Parisian society and religious hypocrisy. The dramatic structure that Molière uses in Tartuffe...

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Tartuffe

The play Tartuffe is also known as Tartuffe or The Imposter, and at other times, Tartuffe or The Hypocrite. For this reason, at the outset, the audience should understand that Tartuffe is not the...

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Tartuffe

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Tartuffe

Although he was always careful not to attack anything related to the monarchy since Louis XIV patronized him, Moliere's play Tartuffe, ou L'Imposteur certainly ridicules the ruling classes and...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012, 5:24 am (UTC)

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