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By Denis M. Calandra, James L. Roberts

In Tartuffe, a witty 17th-century French comedy, a spiritual hypocrite nearly succeeds in his plot to penitentiary a naive pal and his kinfolk and thereby get the name to their domestic. The Misanthrope facilities on a guy who comes to a decision to talk and act with entire honesty, even though society has its hypocritical points. Love enters the image, and the consequences are humorous and choked with disillusionment. Moliere's play The Bourgeois Gentleman tells us a couple of dull, unimaginative, and newly prosperous guy who makes a decision that he'll turn into a firstclass gentleman. Many comedian episodes occur ahead of the ultimate unhappiness.

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Damis refuses to ask pardon of Tartuffe and immediately Orgon disinherits him and throws him out of the house. Alone with Orgon, Tartuffe offers to leave the house, but Orgon will not hear of it. Instead, he is determined to make his family jealous and to vex them by making Tartuffe his heir and son-in-law. As they leave to draw up the proper documents, Orgon reasserts his belief that Tartuffe is worth more than his wife, his children, or his relatives. Commentary When Damis tries to reveal that Tartuffe has tried to make Orgon a cuckold, Elmire does not either affirm or deny the accusation, but merely puts forward the proposition that a wife should not always be running to her husband with tattle (particularly when her husband probably would not believe her).

English. --English. Page 1 Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, & The Bourgeois Gentleman Notes by Denis M. D. Department of Theater University of South Florida and James L. D. A. University of Colorado Consulting Editor James L. D. Department of English University of Nebraska ISBN 0-8220-1265-0 � Copyright 1968, 1967 by Cliffs Notes, Inc. A. , and may not be used in whole or in part without written permission. Cliffs Notes, Inc. Lincoln, Nebraska Page 3 CONTENTS Introduction Life and Background 5 Neoclassical Comedy 7 Moliere's Comic Technique 8 Tartuffe List of Characters 11 General Plot Summary 12 Summaries and Commentaries Act I 14 Act II 23 Act III 27 Act IV 33 Act V 39 Character Analyses M.

She is realistic enough to reject Mariane's idea that she will kill herself rather than marry Tartuffe or disobey her father; such talk is sentimental drivel. When Mariane protests that she knows of no way to defy her father, Dorine then begins to depict all of the horror of what it would be like to be Madame Tartuffe. Mariane is then so horrified of the possibility of having to marry Tartuffe that she is in total despair. Dorine consoles her by promising that they will find some line of action to prevent this absurd situation.

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