Voltaire's Candide and Moliere's Tartuffe

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The Enlightenment brought about a brand new way of thinking. The traditional, conservative mannerisms displayed by the church were slowly losing popularity amongst its citizens. The introduction of reason, knowledge, and rationality were beginning to take center stage of the time. However, the power of the church was intact. Quite knowingly, much power presents the threat of corruption and desolation in any situation. Both Moliere and Voltaire utilize strikingly similar characters throughout their adventures in the form of Candide and Orgon. Both characters have exhibited similar levels of gullibility, wealth, and overall good outcomes despite hardships that they face.
Tartuffe’s Orgon is probably one of the most naïve characters to have graced a play. His never-ending belief that Tartuffe is some God among men is ridiculous. Orgon believes that Tartuffe is actually, “no loftier soul since time began” (Moliere 114). His son did not even have a chance to reverse the way he felt about Tartuffe. After pleading Orgon to come to his senses, Orgon immediately shuns and scours Damis for trying to falsify Tartuffe’s divine nature. He responds to his son with “Ah, you deceitful boy, how dare you try to stain his purity with so foul a lie?” (Moliere 134). Candide is just as, if not more stubborn in the way that he is not willing or capable to think for himself, but rather rely on the philosophical expertise of Pangloss in order to make decisions or

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