Tartuffe

Topics: Hypocrisy, Lie, Molière Pages: 2 (407 words) Published: February 23, 2015
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Tartuffe
Moliere’s Tartuffe, displays a hypocritical character who hides behind his so-called pity and uses it as a mask to get his desires. This character, Tartuffe, is a hypocrite who desires money and power and projects a false image. This comedy deals with disguise and religious hypocrisy. Tartuffe claims to be a godly man when in reality he is a manipulative man who uses his piety as a strength to get what he wants.

In this story, Tartuffe convinces Orgon and Madame Pernelle that he is a poor and religious man. He makes them believe he is truthful and humble by pretending to be pious. However, Tartuffe’s ways do not fool the rest of the family and members of the house. Moliere makes Tartuffe's hypocrisy obvious to the audience, while Orgon has no idea what a horrible man he is. The family comes up with a plan to show Orgon how awful Tartuffe really is. They trap him into confessing his love for Elmire, Orgon’s wife. Tartuffe confesses his desire for Elmire, but they get interrupted by Damis, Orgon’s son, who was listening to every word. He goes to tell his father Orgon. Orgon becomes furious for accusing Tartuffe of such a thing and kicks Damis out of the house. Tartuffe uses reverse psychology and calls himself a horrible sinner to make Orgon feel bad. He gives Taruffe a box with all of Orgon’s possessions, including his house. The reader can notice how much of a hypocrite Tartuffe is and how he uses his ways to fool Orgon. Elmire convinces Orgon to hide when they trick Tartuffe once again. Tartuffe is easily tricked and Orgon finally sees for himself how much of a fraud Tartuffe truly is. Tartuffe Wooden2

attempts to take everything Orgon has and tries to arrest Orgon but finally, Tartuffe gets what he deserves and peace has come back to the house once he gets arrested.
Tartuffe uses the weaknesses of his victims and uses them to his own advantage. He tricks Orgon and Madame Pernelle into believing all his lies. Cleante was correct when...
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