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Tartuffe Repsonse paper

             Tartuffe, by Moliere, is a work that was created to show people a flaw in their human nature. Both Madame Pernelle and Orgon are blinded to the disgrace of Tartuffe and must be coaxed into believing the truth. Much like you hearing a rumor about your best friend, you don't want to believe it, so you"re in denial (until you see the truth for yourself). The "denial or gullibility" of Pernelle and Orgon, is the main drive/motive of the play. Orgon believes because Tartuffe claims to be a man of God, he should put everything he has into Tartuffe's hands. This is how Tartuffe makes his first impression. After a while Damis starts to read/figure out Tartuffe. He goes to tell Orgon what he knows. From this accusation Orgon replies to Damis: "I disinherit you; an empty purse / Is all you"ll get from me - except my curse!" (III, vii , 68). Although they share this trait throughout the play, Orgon's eyes are finally opened at the end of the play while his mother is still held by the farce of Tartuffe. Orgon is so willing to entrust everything he has into the care of Tartuffe. He places Tartuffe above the well being of his family. When he returns from his trip and asks Cleante how the household was while he was gone, Cleante tells him that his wife had been very sick. Orgon demands that Mariane give up Valere and marry Tartuffe. Although Madame Pernelle is seen as gullible, she is consistent. At the beginning of the play she is ridicules her family and compares them to Tartuffe. She shows how much she is taken by him in this phrase: "Whatever he reproves deserves reproof. / He's out to save your souls, and all of you / Must love him, as my son would have you do." (I, I , 52). Near the end of the play when Orgon finally admits that he was wrong Madame Pernelle still will not believe Tartuffe is not who he pretends to be. She consistently defends the innocence of Tartuffe when she says: "No, my son, I"ll never bring / My self to think him guilty of such a thing.

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