Essay about Moliere's Tartuffe

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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword "The most forceful lines of a serious moral statement are usually less powerful than those of satire, and nothing will reform most men better than the depiction of their faults"(Moliere's preface to Tartuffe). Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere's play Tartuffe caused much controversy on its release upon the reigning king of France at that time. This comedy of greed, lust, deceit, hypocrisy, devotion, ardor, and truth had to be rewritten three times before the clergy approved it for public viewing. It especially angered a group called The Brotherhood, which was dedicated to the preservation of very strict religious observances. Moliere was merely finding a way to express his thoughts about several attitudes …show more content…
A classic example of this was when she clearly tells the rest of her son's family that Tartuffe practices precisely what he preaches and is a fine man. She goes on to say that she will not hear Tartuffe be mocked by fools such as the family members whose company she is in. These examples relate to Moliere's time, because the Clergy at that time were using the veil of religion to cover up intentions, which were not religion at all, abusing the power that they were given. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. In Moliere's Tartuffe, the abuse of power was a theme that was very prevalent in the play, as well as in, Moliere's society at that time as well. One of the main aspects that this play focuses on is Orgon's desire to preserve control in his family. As the patron to his family, he feels powerful and benevolent. One of the ways he further extends this responsibility he feels he has, he supports Tartuffe as well, financially, emotionally, by any means possible. Ordon thinks in helping Tartuffe, he is helping himself, but ironically, it will only hurt him in the end. Another problem in Moliere's time was that of hiding behind absolute power as a shield. The father of the family, in Tartuffe, had absolute power over his daughter's choice of marriage partner. The minute he feels insecure, after his family scolds him about Tartuffe, he arranges his daughter to be married to him, just because he has the power to do that. That was the problem
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