Summary and Analysis: Act I

New Characters
Orgon: The patriarch, who has fallen under the spell of an impostor posing as a holy man.

Madame Pernelle: Orgon’s mother, who voices dissatisfaction with the members of her son’s family.

Elmire: Orgon’s loyal wife.

Dorine: The lady’s maid, who speaks her mind and stands up for Mariane.

Damis: Orgon’s son, who is fed up with the false piousness of Tartuffe.

Mariane: Orgon’s daughter, who will be pressured into an arranged marriage.

Cléante: Elmire’s brother, who acts as the voice of reason throughout the play.


Scene I
As the play opens, Madame Pernelle prepares to...

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