What are some examples of satire comedy in Tartuffe and The Misanthrope?

In Tartuffe, Molière satirizes religious fanaticism, false piety, and immoral, hypocritical con artists who present themselves a religious zealots. In The Misanthrope, Molière satirizes immorality, hypocrisy, and zealotry in general, as well as expensing and satirizing inconsistent societal standards and irrational social manners and customs.

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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 complaints against the play by the Archbishop of Paris, who was opposed to the play because of what he believed was a satirical attack against the Catholic religion and the clergy.

The Archbishop was at least partly justified in his opposition to the play. Tartuffe wasn't an attack against religion and the clergy, but it was a pointed satire against religious fanaticism, false piety, and amoral, hypocritical con artists like Tartuffe who hide behind religion and present themselves as religious zealots akin to clergy.

Tartuffe manipulates wealthy Orgon into disinheriting his children and signing over all of his property to Tartuffe, while maneuvering to marry Orgon's daughter, Mariane, and attempting to seduce Orgon's wife, Elmire.

In act 3, scene 2, Dorine, Mariane's outspoken maid, calls for Tartuffe to...

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