They have been abused, held back in society, and oftentimes restricted to the home life, leading dull, meaningless lives while men make sure the world goes round. They make the person or persons controlled feel superior by virtue of association with the hypocrite. That's the real problem with hypocrisy: it calls the truth of everything into question. After Madam Pernell leaves, Dorine and Cleante, the maid and the brother-in-law of the main character, Orgon, discuss Tartuffe and both agree that he has captivated Orgon. Orgon: Can it be true, this dreadful thing I hear? All through Tartuffe, the word mask is used frequently and helps validate the theme of deception.
Orgon's search for salvation brings him to set aside the cautions and warnings of his friends and fall completely for Tartuffe's flattery and trickery. Works Cited: Moliere, Jean-Baptise Poquelin. He represents the God given right of the Puritan law to make sure justice is served. If not for the dramatic use of deus ex machina, both the main character and the audience of the play would have been disappointed with the outcome of the play. On theother hand, Cleante, Elmire, and Dorine see Tartuffe for the fake that he really is.
While there are differences between them, there are also similarities: both were practical men of the theatre; both were actors as well as playwrights; both had incredible insight into human life; both had a breath-taking mastery over language. Since this breed included some of the most powerful men in France atthat time, the move was especially bold. Their characterization serves to provide the one purpose for which each was intended, no more. Dorine Mariane's maid who functions as a cunning manipulator and commentator on the actions of the play. Orgon is clearly an ambitious man, a bourgeois gentleman with a fancy house and a family. In both cases, the same ancient three-part strategy is used against unwitting victims who can even admire at least at first the very man that fleeces them. Critics insisted that the play was an attack upon religion, but Molière quite rightly maintained that he was attacking hypocrisy, not religion.
Humans are incapable of understanding the role of evil in the world because they do not understand how the force that God set in place to govern the world. In order to be suitable to sanctimonious person and become the best friend and soul mate of him, he exposed the worst features which had been sleeping for a long time. In order to create a happy ending, and allow the audience to leave feeling happy or pleased, a quick resolution needed to take place. Several of the characters have confronted Orgon about his decision and have given their own opinions on Tartuffe is blindness. I believe the latter to be the focus of Moliere's commentary. Tartuffe's manipulations are evident… 1472 Words 6 Pages Moliere's Tartuffe and the Religious Hypocrisy Moliere's Tartuffe is a satire based on religious hypocrisy.
Mariane Orgon's daughter who is in love with Valère and who is being forced to marry Tartuffe. In this paper, I am going to analyze the religious instinct of the play with examples and citations from the play in addition to critical analysis from scholarly sources. Let's also take this comparison of tales as a reminder of the importance of the humanities. It is an easy rule of thumb that the truly virtuous have no need or desire to promote their virtue. Only Tartuffe could provoke them by his personal convulsed ideals and religious explanations.
Although being caught by Orgon himself, Tartuffe continues to lie and threatens Orgon for his property. Likewise in Tartuffe, the character Tartuffe has to set up his stage first, to act out his façade of a holy man to gain trust, so in time, he can benefit from it. Before Orgon is left to believe the statements about Tartuffe, it is the discussion between Orgon's wife, Elmire, and Tartuffe that begins to reveal the truth of the rumors of Tartuffe. Even some of the minor characters, such as Dorine, whose insolence probably is unsurpassed by that of any servant in the world of comedy save Mosca in Volpone , are supplied with distinct human peculiarities. In this case, Tartuffe took advantage of being considered a saint, because no one would expect for someone in religion to do such a sin. He is condemning false religion, religion which is used onlyto gain political power.
Therefore, we must consider, is this really what the church intend, to forgive and let criminals, such as Tartuffe get away with the most unfaithful things and let them back into their faith? The fact that Cleante offers forgiveness in a most noble manner reveals that Moliere is doing more than merely satirizing French society. Problematic character of the development and power of the Catholic Church is the most obvious in Tartuffe. Elmire, by thistime, has so little faith in her husband that she begins to think he is going to stay under the table andlet Tartuffe ravish her. In shock, Elmire questions Tartuffe on his character, considering he is a saint of the Church, but Tartuffe quickly replies that he is human as well. Similarly, Tartuffe's ambition destroys him.
Thus we don't sin if sin's done quietly. His eventual downfall is caused by his lust. Finally, Tartuffe got his deserved reproach in false religiousness and good intentions. Hypocrisy is a slippery thing. The play's final happy ending occurs when the family is reunited and safe, and Orgon gives his blessing for Mariane to start her own family. But, as in the play, justice won out in the endand the play was exhibited freely after five years of bondage.
Nevertheless, Moliere did not show his straight discontent to the church which basically backed up many political and cultural aspects of life at that time. There is very little concerning religion in their souls at all. A man whose spirit spurns this dungy earth Ought not to brag of lands and noble birth; Such worldly arrogance will hardly square With meek devotion and the life of prayer. His never-ending belief that Tartuffe is some God among men is ridiculous. Even though both texts were written in different milieus both societies focus strongly on religion and material value. When Orgon says with approval that he sees that Tartuffe reproves everything, takes extreme care of Orgon's honor, because Tartuffe warns Orgon of the people who cast loving eyes upon the lady, the audience can only laugh at Orgon's pride that Tartuffe more jealous of his wife than her own husband, and the lengths to which Tartuffe carries his pious zeal, accusing himself of sin for the slightest thing imaginable.