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True identity is often masked by the personality one wants to portray This isespecially true of Tartuffe a character in Molieres controversial comedyTartuffe1664 In the five-act play Moliere uses the characters to convey the idea ofdiscernment between religion and false piety The setting of the play is in Orgons house Orgon is a man who leads a life ofwealth and happiness His family consist of Elmire his wife daughter Mariane and sonDamis Also presiding in the house are Madame Pernelle Organs mother andMarianes witty maid Dorine Tartuffe the antagonist of the play appears to be a manof piety on the surface However buried underneath this falsehood lies a religioushypocrite With the exception of Madame Pernelle and Orgon all of the characters seeIn Act I Moliere utilizes Dorine to paint a verbal picture of Orgons infatuationwith Tartuffe In line 9 Dorine states how Orgon is the worse deceived by Tartuffe Moliere opens the play by revealing to the audience how gullible Orgon is He hasbecome so infatuated with Tartuffe that he loves him as his life preferring him tomother child or wifeIii14-15 When Orgon finally arrives on the scene Moliere useshis actions to support our preconceived opinion When Elmire becomes ill Orgonneglects her well being Instead he is overly concerned with Tartuffes health A shorttime later Orgon is further deceived by Tartuffe to withdraw his blessing from Marianesplans to marry Valere To the familys dismay Mariane is promised to be wed TartuffeIn Act III Tartuffes true intentions are revealed His desires are to be withElmire not Mariane During a conversation with Elmire Tartuffe professes his lustfulemotions for her Unknown to Tartuffe Damis has been listening to the entireconversation Upset by what he has heard Damis goes to inform his father Tartuffedeceives Orgon once again by begging for forgiveness Orgon is blinded by Tartuffesplea for repentance and immediately disowns Damis More shockingly Orgon employsOutraged Elmire declares that Tartuffes sinister behavior must be stopped In aneffort to prove
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