Tartuffe Satire Analysis

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Moliere’s Tartuffe In Moliere’s satire, Tartuffe, the author fires his caustic wit upon the social topics of religious hypocrisy and the inability of obsessed characters to hear the voices of reason around them. At first glance, the focus of this work seems to be religious hypocrisy; however, it is the underlying subplots of obsessive behaviors stay in the mind’s eye until end. Moliere’s portrayal of obsessive characters is certainly exaggerated, but there is a clear note of truth that rings through in their powerlessness to hear reason. Until the spell that binds them to their compulsion is broken, these characters are unable to hear the voices of reason that are shouting the truth to them. The main actor of this play who displays the deafness that comes with obsession is Orgon with his religious fervor that blinds him to his responsibility to his family. He states his fanatical devotion soon after his first appearance in the play, “My soul’s been freed from earthly loves, and every human tie: my mother, children, brother,…show more content…
Dorine, the servant, whose sarcastic wit is a delight, and Elmire, Orgon’s wife, whose logical plan guides him out of the fog, both step into the role at different times. In an ironic twist toward the end of the play the author uses Orgon as a voice of reason to deal with Madame Pernelle’s obsessive belief in Tartuffe. The comedic interaction between these two characters within this scene again shines the spotlight onto the inability of obsession to hear reason. In Tartuffe, Moliere portrays the battle between obsession and reason, insanity and sanity, in a comedic but very truthful way. As the audience laughs and enjoys the wit of the lines, they can also acknowledge the truth of them: obsessed human beings are deaf to reason and will not be able to hear until the obsession
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