Religious Fanaticism in Moliere's "Tartuffe" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Religious Fanaticism in Moliere's "Tartuffe"
Analysis of the role of religious fanaticism in Moliere's play "Tartuffe."
# 128246 | 1,370 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 07, 2010 in Literature (French) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper explores the significance of religious fanaticism in Moliere's 1664 play, "Tartuffe: or the Imposter." The paper explains that Moliere's comedy satirizes the zealous and spiritual, as protagonist Tartuffe, feigning religious zealotry, takes in the weak and the supposedly pious, who are easily fooled by anything they think is spiritual. The paper clarifies that Moliere is not critical of religion, so much as of the zealots and fanatics, and of those who put too much faith into religion without questioning the motives of the overly faithful. The paper concludes that "Tartuffe" sheds light on the way people react to religion and religious fanaticism, and shows that some people will use religion for their own gains, preying on the weak and the overly pious.

From the Paper:

"In the end, Orgon discovers Tartuffe attempting to seduce his wife, and then he learns, in a complex part of the plot, that Tartuffe has obtained ownership of Orgon's house, and he is going to force the family to leave, leaving them in financial and personal ruin. Tartuffe has denounced Orgon to the king, and Orgon is devastated. The man he trusted and gave so much to has betrayed him, and has shown himself to be nothing more than an evil manipulator. When it seems as if nothing can intervene, the police arrest Tartuffe and restore the home to Orgon and his family. The king, who is pure and good, saw the evil in Tartuffe's heart and knows that he has committed crimes in the past."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Crawford, Jerry L. "Tartuffe: Attacking Hypocrisy, Not Religion." Utah Shakespeare Festival. 2007. 4 Nov. 2008. <>
  • Moliere. "Tartuffe." Bibliomania. 2008. 4 Nov. 2008.<>
  • Mooney, Timothy. "Tartuffe." Tartuffe in English. 2008. 4 Nov. 2008.<>

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