Summary and Analysis: Act I
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.
As the play opens, Madame Pernelle prepares to...
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