In Molière's comedy Tartuffe, we see women who challenge or support the traditional roles of women in terms of the power structures of Molière's time.
After Orgon introduces Tartuffe—the scam artist who presents himself as a pious and holy man—into the household, other members of the "family unit" are critical and suspicious.
Madame Pernelle, Orgon's mother, refuses to continue to live under the roof where the family refuses to heed the religious messages of Tartuffe. Madame Pernelle would represent the devout followers of the religious community who believed without opening their eyes, following the rhetoric when it was...
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