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Tartuffe Play Analysis

With Tartuffe, Moliere moved from a simple structure to an exaggerated one. His themes were inspired by the French farce that aims to exaggerate the comedy to a long series to entertain an audience and make them inspire it. Moliere wrote Tartuffe to stand against hypocrisy and convey to the audience a concept of transparency, clear thought processes, and common sense in each stage of their life. Initially, this play was considered negative and a straight-point-out religion but later its thorough reading cleared the misconceptions. Moliere’s concern was not to target religion; he tried to expose those who take the wrong advantage of religion for their personal benefit and cost the innocents.

This play most importantly draws attention to the people’s lack of using common sense. Most parts of the play pay heed to the importance of crystal thinking rather than simple thinking because people take advantage of their private gain due to one’s simple thinking. Another thing that is greatly emphasized is self-control and self-discipline in life. Do not keep extreme behavior and political views in every matter of life. The humor part around which the scenario unfurls, from apparently innocent straightforward belief about religious principles to foreseeable trust in the silly idea that Tartuffe, should be responsible for the financial support of his family is a sign that everyone should consider seriously and prevent others from taking the wrong advantage of them. People must keep their views and perceptions clear and inform others so no one can take unnecessary advantage. Orgon cannot evaluate the restrictions that Tartuffe has put on his family. Habitually a sensible man, Orgon becomes fascinated by Tartuffe’s way thus speechless by his talk that he endangers family, riches, societal position, and so much so his morale in the valuation of religion for pacifying the scheming wolf in sheep’s clothing. Moliere, in short, portrayed a picture of the risk associated with wrong devotion.

At last, the viewers find Organ guilty of keeping faith in Tartuffe.; he is energetic side by side. During his hypocrisy, he falsely assumed that religion had been the reason behind all the disasters that his family faced. Cléante, all in all, recalls Orgon that the main problem is not the religion but those imitators falsely portraying religion. Through Cléante’s last sermon, Molière reinforces the legality of proper religious disclosure by genuine dedication.

Work Cited

“Tartuffe – Critical Evaluation” Critical Survey of Literature for Students Ed. Laurence W. Mazzeno., Inc. 2010 8 May 2017 <>



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