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A Review of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere’s play Tartuffe

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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere’s play Tartuffe is a famous classical play first performed in Paris in the mid-17th century.The French capital is a social city consistent with the playset that reflects the life of a family that accommodates a stranger, Tartuffe, who was depicted as a religious imposter.

Tartuffe won the heart of Orgon, the man of the house. Orgon gives all his possessions to Tartuffe. Surprisingly, he also gifts Tartuffe, his daughter who was engaged by then. The gimmicks did not cow other members of the family, and they devised ways to expose who Tartuffe was.

They failed at their first attempt but eventually succeeded. Moliere’s play, Tartuffe, combines literary criticism, theatre history, political history, and religious history as central to power struggles in the early reigns of Louis XIV.

The play depicts a controversial intersectional between religion and government. Tartuffe was at the centre of a scandal in Moliere’s own time. The play was banned after its first performance, and it resurfaced several years later in an altered form. This was hypocrisy on the part of French society.

Tartuffe presents himself as a religious man who makes Orgon trust him with secret information. He uses the information to blackmail Orgon.  Tartuffe, besides castigating bigotry, embodied moral attitudes which found a natural habitat in the courts of 1660s which challenged the whole devout way of life.

Many of those called spiritual advisors were no more than parasites who took advantage of the beliefs of people to swindle property from them. Orgon disinherits his son and chases him away for trying to prove that Tartuffe was an imposter. Orgon turns away from his family and pledges loyalty to Tartuffe.

He planned to squander his wealth which was a threat to his family. The Imposter was breaking Orgon’s family.

Many of those called spiritual advisors were no more than parasites who took advantage of the beliefs of people to swindle property from the villains. Orgon disinherits his son and chases him away for trying to prove that Tartuffe was an imposter. Orgon turns away from his family and pledges loyalty to Tartuffe. He planned to squander his wealth which was a threat to his family. The Imposter was breaking Orgon’s family.

Literature plays a critical role in educating the society by bringing to light issues that are left under the carpet. Tartuffe opens up the minds of many who were caught in the same predicament. The possibility of eradicating social evil is presented through literature. Literature, therefore, becomes a valuable tool used to create a more coherent society that values one another and proper’s together. The play ends on a happy note. Tartuffe is apprehended by an officer while Orgon’s daughter married her fiancé.