Moliere's Tartuffe and the Religious Hypocrisy

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Moliere's Tartuffe and the Religious Hypocrisy

Moliere's Tartuffe is a satire based on religious hypocrisy. Every character is essential in Tartuffe. All of the characters play an important role, but it is easy to say that Tartuffe and Orgon are the main characters. First, we must know the definition of satire. According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, satire is defined as "literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn" ("satire"). In other words, a satire is defined as literary work that uses humor to point out the foolishness of a person or just in human nature. Religious hypocrisy can be self-defined as a false assumption of a person. What follows are examples of how I believe Tartuffe exposes humor
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Damis says,

"You've just now been repaid with interest, for all your loving-kindness to our guest. He's proved his warm and grateful feelings toward you; It's with a pair of horns he would reward you. Yes, I surprised him with your wife, and heard his whole adulterous offer, every word" (Tartuffe 3.5.3-8).

Damis tries to tell his father that Tartuffe is acting like the Devil.

At this moment, we see that Tartuffe is two-faced and he knows that Orgon will believe what he has to say considering he is a saint. Orgon confronts Tartuffe and in disbelief Tartuffe admits what he has said and continues to tell Orgon what a bad person he is. Orgon then is disappointed with Damis for telling a "lie" and questioning Tartuffe's purity. Orgon is too blind to see that Damis is telling the truth, because he is so sure that Tartuffe could not commit such a sin. As the play continues, in Act IV Scene III, Elmire offers for Orgon to hear for himself.

"I'm not now asking you to trust our word. Suppose that from some hiding-place in here you learned the whole sad truth by eye, and ear- What would you say of our good friend, after that" (Tartuffe 4.3.69-72).

In a laughing manner, Orgon agrees to hide and listen to his wife and Tartuffe speak. Elmire begins to say the things she must in order for Tartuffe to come clean and there are several times in this scene in which she coughs in
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