Tartuffe 14-15 - Shakespeare Theatre Company

All of this "offensive" material, caused the play to be banned.

As they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity; and Tartuffe has certainly benefited from its notoriety.

Orgon becomes obsessed with Tartuffe and the religious ideals the trickster supposedly stands for.
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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière’s satirizes the religious hypocrite, and is intended as a critique of the misuse of religion. Yet through the development of its plot and its characters, Molière makes an even broader social commentary, touching upon the Enlightenment ideals of reason and the hierarchical structure of society. This is most apparent in the way Molière upholds the Enlightenment belief that females are capable of reason, demonstrating their capacity for rationality and cleverness, and presents a critique of an irrational patriarchy which attempts to oppose them. It is the female characters in who recognize the hypocrite and his malice, demonstrating their clear sense of right and wrong. Their insistence on revealing what is really going on and their attempts to subvert the irrational patriarchal authority allow them to succeed where the men of the family failed in bringing about the unmasking of Tartuffe’s fraud. This happens despite the power exercised by Orgon and the social world of the time where women exist in utter subordination to fathers and husbands.

Contesting Authority in Molière's Tartuffe: The Role of the

A tartuffe, as you might expect, is a hypocrite, religious or otherwise; tartuffery is, well, acting like Tartuffe.
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The play tells the story of a wealthy Frenchman named Orgon who takes in Tartuffe, a man who presents himself to be religious and passionate but actually turns out to be a hypocrite.

Professionally Written Essay Example About Tartuffe

In Tartuffe, it's religion; in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman), it's social status; in L'Avare (The Miser), it's money; in Le Malade Imaginaire (The Hypochondriac), it's doctors, etc.

Power in Tartuffe by Hanna Glissendorf on Prezi

By analyzing attempts to expunge monarchal authority from the denouement of Tartuffe and replace it with the law, we see how tenaciously Old Regime political culture clung to the cultural artifacts the revolutionaries sought to reform.

In society, authority is the best way to keep structure in society

A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory Theatre, Tartuffe is directed by Dominique Serrand, the co-founder of the Tony Award-winning Théâtre de la Jeune Lune, and stars Steven Epp, returning to STC following his Helen Hayes Award-winning performance in The Servant of Two Masters in 2012.