Essay #2: Tartuffe’s Extreme Manners and Modes
Moliere’s “Tartuffe” highlights modes and manners of various characters throughout the comedy. A character that shows a high extreme between his manners and modes is, Tartuffe. Tartuffe has many schemes and sneaky plans to destroy the domestic happiness of Orgon, the protagonists if the play. Tartuffe did and said many things in devious ways and was only able to trap Orgon and Madame Pernelle, Orgon’s mother, into his illusion. Though he did get away with a lot of lies and misleading actions, his lies didn’t take him very far. With the help from everything Orgon heard about Tartuffe from the other characters, he finally realized the truth about the man he invited into his home. Mode is defined to be what a character does and how they do it. In the play “Tartuffe”, Tartuffe creates a lot of rumors that happen to be true because of what he says and then ends up doing. Tartuffe is a hypocrite who pretends to be deeply moral and religious, because of his well thought out lies he leads Orgon and his mother to believe that he will lead them to heaven. In Orgon’s eyes he sees that Tartuffe is very innocent; so innocent that he is willing to marry his daughter off to him. “His is pure and saintly indigence, which far transcends all worldly pride and pelf.” In reality, Tartuffe came with the intentions of taking Orgon’s house. Tartuffe is pretending to be the perfect man for Mariane, Orgon’s daughter, so that he can really embed himself into the family. “Pray, Laurent, for Heaven’s perpetual grace. I’m going to the prison now, to share my last few coins with the poor wretches there.” With all the faking and pretending Tartuffe, he manage to convince him that he is worthy of marrying Mariane. In Act two, scene one Orgon announces to Mariane that he will be marrying her off to Tartuffe. The manners Tartuffe takes help him wrap Orgon around his lies but a the end those same manners reveal the real him. Tartuffe had other...
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