Conflicts in Drama: The Character of Orgon in "Tartuffe" Tartuffe, the main character of Moliere’s comedy under the same name, became a symbol of hypocrisy. The comedy was written in the 60-s of the XVII century but the problem it arises is still very topical for today too. From the point of view of the Bible, hypocrisy is one the nastiest of the human vices. The Bible states that it is better to have a straightforward enemy than a hypocritical friend. Most often hypocritical people disarm us by their pseudo sincerity that causes bitter disappointment when we learn the true essence of a hypocrite. Classic comedies reveal, as usual, only one dominant feature of the character, so Tartuffe personifies hypocrisy. But from the first act of the comedy we learn that the power of Tartuffe over Orgon lays in his inexplicable ability to dazzle the owner of the house making him look like idiot and dunce to the rest of the family. The strange link between two characters of the comedy, that will be studied later, allows assuming that the main focus of Moliere’s attention is more Ogron than Tartuffe. Though Moliere was struggling for his “Tartuffe” being staged from 1664 till 1669, this comedy became the greatest success in his lifetime. Moliere was not only a dramatist but usually played the longest and most difficult roles in his plays. He played the role of Orgon which covers all five acts of the comedy and is 100 rows longer than Tartuffe’s. The first public associated the character of Orgon with Moliere himself. At that time he was 42-47 years old at that time, neither too plump nor too slender with the noble posture and gait. The characters of Tartuffe and Orgon are inseparable. But if “tartuffe” in one of the dialects of South France means “a cheater” then the name “Orgon” that can be associated with “pride” and “arrogance” is somewhat artificial, indicating some form of generalization or abstraction from the life of the French society of 1660-s. In Orgon and Tartuffe Moliere reveals the contradiction between the visible and authentic essence of people. Orgon looks really hubris and self-confident but his naïve credulity makes him vulnerable to hypocrisy of Tartuffe. Orgon is committed to virtuous, pious life instilled to him by his mother since childhood. However, he lives quite an earthly life: he has two children Damis and Mariana from his first wife and married Elmira, who suits his daughter, for the second time. At the same time, Orgon embodies lack of spiritual self-sufficiency typical for children; he needs a tutor who would lead him in his life. As soon as he meets such a tutor, Orgon feels boundless gratitude to Tartuffe and trusts him more than his devoted relatives perhaps because Tartuffe shows him the path to piety and salvation. Tartuffe positions himself as a truthful man and blames young people for all sins and evils and this makes him attractive to the older people like Orgon’s mother. Orgon compensates the deficiency of his own inner content by his faith in the godliness and infallibility of Tartuffe. With a total dissimilarity (social level, age and appearance) of Orgon and Tartuffe, there is something that unifies them - their narcissism. With his plump figure and a tendency to voracity Tartuffe is not Don Juan in spite of his firm belief that he is irresistible to women. And this self-confidence eventually ruins his fortune. Only through the spiritual (or may be not only spiritual…) love relations with Orgon Tartuffe can physically assert himself in sex and sets up his control over the fate of others. The desire for power combines Tartuffe and Orgon. Both regard each other as a means of achieving their mutual goal to become tyrants. Moliere presents several stages of evolution in Orgon’s insight to the true nature of Tartuffe. It starts from the state of complete hypnosis when Tartuffe for Orgon is the embodiment of an ideal person. Then he is ready to inherit his…
Hypocrisy means to claim a set of beliefs, practices, or other ideas that one does not actually hold, and comes from the Greek word hipokrisis, which means jealous or coward. As an example of hypocrisy, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, many of the characters claim to follow a lifestyle of being good people, when in fact they own slaves and treat other people, especially black people, as if they are lower than the dirt beneath their feet.
Unfortunately, hypocrisy isn’t quite…
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U.S. Supreme Court Cases MLA FORMAT
DOC 2: JUSTICE
USING THE MLA FORMAT TO CITE SUPREME COURT DOCUMENTS
Parenthetical citations in the body of the paper
When citing a Supreme Court case parenthetically (in-text) or referring to it in the body of
your essay, underline or italicize the case name. Here are several ways to do this.
1. For example, you can name the full case in the body of the sentence:
“The Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder explicitly signals the ...” (110)…
The hypocrisy of American heroes
An Analysis of Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox
UCO 1200: Mr. Franklin’s World
The reading “Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox” was written by Edmund S. Morgan for the Journal of American History, in June of 1972. The reading covers the history of slavery by whites in England, as well as the American colonies, from 1500, into the eighteenth century. The reading also covers American forefathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James…
their wasteful, hypocritical ways, altering our thoughts and manipulating our minds.
If Nathaniel Hawthorne were to write about hypocrisy, all of his characters would have a scarlet “H” embellished on their bosom, for hypocrisy is not just a wicked sin; it’s a way of life. It is the repulsive demon that slinks and slithers up from the complexities of human immorality. Hypocrisy exerts a pitchfork to jab the fuming cinders of pride and hatred concealed in our hearts and repetitively trouble our lives…
arms because Orgon and his mother have fallen under the
inﬂuence of Tartuffe, a pious fraud (and a vagrant prior to Orgon's help). Tartuffe
pretends to be pious and to speak with divine authority, and Orgon and his mother no
longer take any action without ﬁrst consulting him.
Tartuffe's antics do not fool the rest of the family or their friends; they detest him. Orgon
raises the stakes when he announces that he will marry Tartuffe to his daughter
Mariane (already engaged to Valère). Mariane, of…
Tartuffe Stock Characters
Look at the sheet with descriptions of each of the commedia stock characters and to offer suggestions for directing the final section of Act 2 with Marianne, Valere and Dorine and also the first part of Act 2 with Orgon, Marianne and Dorine from where Dorine is found earwigging on their conversation.
At the beginning of act 2, Orgon tries forcing Mariane into marrying Tartuffe while Dorine stands behind the door and listens to their conversation and just as Orgon opens…
As the Dramaturge, the first thing that I did was to find different pictures from other productions of Tartuffe. These pictures represented the different costumes, set designs, furniture and decorations that have been used over time. I thought that these would be important for my team members in order for them to have a visual idea of what has been done before, so that we know how to proceed in our own production. It also important to note that since we had changed our…
software programs such as Turnitin is a way to deter and, possibly, catch students if they plagiarized
Conversely, Turnitin is a major contradiction itself. In Bill Walsh’s article, “Expect, but Respect, Original Work by Students,” he points out the hypocrisy of Turnitin lies in what it is presumably trying to prevent and teach. He states that Turnitin, “is actually infringing on the students’ intellectual property, making money from it, and violating the very copyright laws Turnitin is supposed to be…