Mariane Daughter of Orgon, stepdaughter of Elmire, and sister of Damis, Mariane is a sweet and steadfastly obedient girl who wishes to marry Valere. Orgon's religious fanaticism, however, seems more directly correlated to his basic nature, which is characterized by Cléante as being extravagant and uncontrolled in all respects. That's not the smartest thing to do, but it does show loyalty. As Act 5 commences, Cléante has returned to help his family in their time of crisis; Orgon explains to his wise brother-in-law that the strongbox in question used to belong to his friend Argas who was disloyal to the King; to possess it would be considered treason. Tartuffe pretends to be shocked and saddened by this turn of events, manipulating Orgon into begging him to remain at the house. He had, it seems, put them into Tartuffe's care so that he wouldn't have to feel guilty about having them.
Why can you not be rational? Tartuffe brings with him officers of the court, but, as the family is about to be evicted, the officer reveals that the king has seen through the hypocrisy of Tartuffe and has ordered him to be imprisoned for this and for other crimes. When Valere enters, having heard the rumor about Orgon's plans, both he and Mariane argue in a juvenile fashion, but Dorine calms them down. Orgon is prepared to marry his own daughter, Mariane, to Tartuffe, even though Mariane is in love with and betrothed to someone already. Orgon is completely disbelieving and skeptical, but agrees that she may try. First, we must know the definition of satire. All of the characters play an important role, but it is easy to say that Tartuffe and Orgon are the main characters.
Orgon arrives and seems much more concerned about the welfare of Tartuffe than he is about his wife's illness. However it does suggest that religion takes away from reality, which although not an attack is definitely negative. For the first time in the play, Tartuffe enters; seeing Dorine, he ostentatiously calls to his manservant, asking for his hair-shirt and his scourge to injure and supposedly purify his body. While Tartuffe is momentarily gone, Orgon emerges and admits he has been fooled. Written by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin better known as , Tartuffe was first performed in 1664. By taking the homeless and holy-seeming Tartuffe under his roof, the wealthy bourgeois Orgon thinks he is harbouring a pillar of piety.
Once he is gone, Dorine berates Mariane for refusing to speak up for herself. Her husband responds that if Tartuffe had actually done so, then she would be more upset. Tartuffe's manipulations are evident to everyone but Orgon, and seem to the reader to be blatantly obvious. As Tartuffe continues to heap blame on himself, Orgon turns against Damis completely, insulting and threatening him, forcing him out of the house, and finally disowning him. Instead, he keeps asking about Tartuffe. Elmire delays, and eventually sends Tartuffe out of the room to check for eavesdroppers. When Damis refuses to withdraw his claim, Orgon banishes him from the house.
When Orgon attempts to force a marriage between her and Tartuffe, the play's conflict escalates. The two then have a fight about morality, with Cléante using reasonable, logical arguments, and Tartuffe using slippery, manipulative emotion. Mariane responds that she cannot go against her father, but Dorine urges her to resist. She sees her grandson as a brat, and her granddaughter as too fragile. The family threatens the bailiff and forces him to leave the house, but he is quickly followed by Valère, who has heard that Tartuffe has shown the contents of the strongbox to the King, who has decided to arrest Orgon. The family insults him, but to no avail. Dorine listens to them argue and then, after they are reconciled, she promises to help them expose Tartuffe's hypocrisy.
He honors righteous men of every kind, And yet his zeal for virtue is not blind, Nor does his love of piety numb his wits And make him tolerant of hypocrites. The rest of the family sees his true nature, but it is not until his lust for Elmire overcomes him that he loses control. The plan almost works, but thankfully the King shows up, and, being a better judge of character than Orgon, recognises Tartuffe for the hypocritical cad that he is and has him arrested. Valere Mariane's beloved fiance, Valere is a kind and generous man who ultimately reveals his loyalty to the family when he brings news of the warrant for Orgon's arrest. Orgon, of course, agreed to hold it for Argas, but then gave it to Tartuffe for safekeeping. The real theme of the play, then, is not so much hypocrisy as fervent religious belief that is unchecked by facts or reason.
Cléante tries to explain to Orgon that there is a difference between appearance and sincerity, and begs him to listen to moderation and reason. Orgon is furious over Tartuffe's false piety, but Cleante convinces him that not all holy men are impostors. This shows that Tartuffe is completely ignoring the Ten Commandments, something which a religious person would consider a sin they are the basic guidelines of Christianity. Both characters have exhibited similar levels of gullibility, wealth, and overall good outcomes despite hardships that they face. When Tartuffe feigns humility and asks to leave, Orgon insists Tartuffe spend all his time around Elmire, and names Tartuffe his heir.
This production contains very brief, bare-bottom nudity. When his daughter arrives, Orgon tells her that he wants to ally Tartuffe with his house; this he can best do by Mariane's marrying Tartuffe. Tartuffe scoffs at Orgon's plight, and revels in his victory. Madame Pernelle is one character in the play who treats religion as sacred. Orgon consents and Elmire sends for Tartuffe.
The time period which this piece was written, was know as The Age Of Reason. He checks for eavesdroppers before proceeding. Even though Orgon was initially doing something good for his parish, and also trying to improve the sense of religion within the family, particularly amongst the younger generation, he undoubtedly took it too far and become what only can be described as completely obsessed with Tartuffe. When Tartuffe is threatened with exposure, he ups both the ante and the hilarity in this laugh-out-loud comedy. GradeSaver, 8 January 2013 Web. Once Dorine leaves, Cléante tries to make Orgon understand how ridiculous he is acting.
Mariane's beloved, Valère, arrives and accuses her of consenting to the marriage. Cléante worries that there will be trouble, and decides to go warn Valère. The loving husband and father 1432 Words 6 Pages Moliere's Tartuffe and the Religious Hypocrisy Moliere's Tartuffe is a satire based on religious hypocrisy. Elmire, Orgon's wife, arrives and Tartuffe, thinking that they are alone, makes some professions of love to Elmire and suggests that they become lovers. Anyway, you get the drift. After he leaves, Orgon runs upstairs to check on some documents he's kept locked away in a strongbox. After all, Tartuffe promises him the path to piety and salvation.