"Tartuffe" and "Phaedra": Comedy and Tragedy
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This paper examines Moliere's comedy, "Tartuffe" and how Moliere attacked the misuse of faith and the power of money and intrigue. The paper then examines Racine's tragedy "Phaedra" where love and glory are still opposed but the struggle between them is more real and far more harrowing. The paper describes how this tragic play involves a love triangle between Aricia, Hippolytus and Phaedra.
From the Paper:"French comedy was influenced by classical models, but also by the tradition of the commedia dell'arte brought to France by Italian actors. This was an art of mime, clowning and dialogue invented by the actors as they went along. This tradition added lightness and a certain amount of slapstick humor to the more serious classical ideas of comedy. Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere was the first great dramatist to write this kind of comedy. He was a satirist, attacking hypocrisy and pretence.
"His Tartuffe is an odious hypocrite whose apparent piety has ingratiated him with the credulous Orgon and his mother Mme. Pernelle, has been taken into Orgon's home. Both Orgon and his mother believe that Tartuffe's pious example will be good for the other members of the family. But everyone else in the family, including even the outspoken servant Dorine, is perceptive enough to see through the impostor.
"Despite the protestations of his sensible brother-in-law Cleante and his son Damis, Orgon determines that his daughter Mariane, who is in love with a young man named Valere, shall marry Tartuffe. When Orgon's wife Elmire seeks out Tartuffe to beg him to refuse Mariane's hand, he attempts to seduce her. Damis, who has over heard, denounces the impostor, but Orgon reacts by banishing his son rather than his guest and by signing over his entire property to Tartuffe."
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"Tartuffe" and "Phaedra": Comedy and Tragedy (2003, October 29) Retrieved July 06, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/tartuffe-and-phaedra-comedy-and-tragedy-44412/
""Tartuffe" and "Phaedra": Comedy and Tragedy" 29 October 2003. Web. 06 July. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/tartuffe-and-phaedra-comedy-and-tragedy-44412/>