Religious Hypocrisy in Tartuffe
In the play Tartuffe, Moliere comically portrays how religious hyporites preyed on innocent individuals of the French society for their own benefits to demonstarte how corrupted a theocratic government can get. Moliere uses common characters to effeicently illistrate his argument: Tartuffe satirically represents the church or rather the Charlatans (hypocrites) of the church, and Orgon represents a typical god fearing individual. The plot of Taruffe describes how attuned Orgon becomes with Tartuffe, who in return sees his commmitment as an advantage to make Orgon believe anything. Once Tartuffe had Orgon's full trust he starts to make his moves. In the end Tartuffe double crosses Orgon, swindles his property, and trys to hurt his family.
The process a religious hypocrite uses to prey; is a slow one, thus an individual wouldn't be hurt right away but easily bought. Likwise in Tartuffe, the character Tartuffe has to set up his stage first, to act out his facade of a holy man to gain trust, so in time he can benefit from it. He casually references his holy deeds, but with a "humble manner" as if no one but himself was listening. "Laurant, lock up my scourge and hair shirt too. And pray that our Lord's grace wil shine on you. if anyone wants me, I've gone to share my alms at prison with the inmates there."(3.2.1-4) He spews out a bunch of religious cliches quite loudly for anyone near to hear, but acts as if it no big deal that he shares his money with prisoners and wears a hairshirt. A hairshirt at that time was worn as penance and a person would never reveal that they wore one. The fact that he loudly anounces it shows his hypocritical character. However innocent people such as Orgon precieve it as a humble or even noble attempt to be pious. It was only natural that Orgon wholeheartedly trusted the pious man, but he trusted Tartuffe to the point where he gave him a free access into his personal life. Tartuffe then having such...
Cited: Moliere, . Tartuffe. First Edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc, 2009. Print.
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