Tartuffe Analytical Essay

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Tartuffe is one of the most famous theatrical comedies ever written by Moliere. Without a doubt, it is clearly evident that Moliere's famous piece Tartuffe was influenced by Commedia Dell'arte as they both have various resemblances in relation to the use of dramatic form, style, languages and the overall genre of comedy. Tartuffe displays many semblances to the traditional Commedia Dell'arte and undoubtedly resembles various Italian heritages. As well as the fact that their characters both have similar traits, the themes of love, lucre, lust and laughter overlap with the genre of Commedia. Moliere was a french play writer and actor who was considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Moliere wrote two types of plays: the farcical comedies and high comedies, it is very clear that Tartuffe falls into the comedy of character. Commedia Dell'arte is a form of theatre characterized by masked types which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of the actress and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios and is the craft of improvisation. The characters that Moliere created seemed ridiculous because they deviate from decorum and the rules of Neoclassicism. The characters IL Capitano and Tartuffe both display similar characteristics in terms of them both being pretenious, cowardly liars that are very hypocritical. Certaintly they manipulate people in order to gain a higher social hierarchy and talk themselves up to make them seem more superior to others, when in reality they are obviously not. The themes of a performance are used to express emotions and essence of life, they dramatically influence the audience. Through the main themes of love, lucre, lust and laughter it is clearly evident that Molieres Tartuffe is influenced by Commedia Dell'arte. Furthermore, through this evidence it
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