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Introduction to Theatre
May 01, 2017
In this vigorous play, “Tartuffe” written by Molière in 1664, can undoubtedly be understood as an attack on religion because the main character is portrayed as a corrupted holy man breaking all the religious laws in order to gain power. The clergy banned the performance of this play because they considered that it condemned religious beliefs. During the 17th century France, the Catholic Church was very powerful, therefore following the holy orders was necessary. It was believed this play could influence others to go against religion. Tartuffe was a religious man that manipulated others in order to benefit himself and gain wealth. While this play can definitely have different opinions, I believe that this play was not an attack on religion, it was written and acted to make a profit out of it, people were hungry for money and theatre was very popular at this time, this was the best way to make a living while entertaining others. This play exemplifies blind faith, the insincerity of a saintly person who would never be perceived as a liar. Moliere knew that this play would create many scandals and he would definitely gain popularity.
First, it is foolish for Moliere’s critics to even see Tartuffe himself as a symbol of religion. It was very evident that he was just an opportunist looking to benefit himself from unwise people, willing to act like a whole different person to get what he wanted and it's truly Oregon’s fault for letting him in and allow him to take advantage of his money. Oregon was a wealthy member of the upper class; he was supposed to act as an example to others, a smart powerful man but instead, he was portrayed as a complete fool believing Tartuffe was a pure man with good intentions when it was clear his plans were malicious. This play demonstrates that it's one’s fault for becoming weak with blind faith, we aren’t capable enough of realizing the truth even when its right in front of us because we rather believe what we think is correct. One of the leading characters, Oregon is resisted to believe the truth, he chooses to believe that holy love is correct therefore without knowing he justifies Tartuffe's wickedness. Cleante is Oregon’s brother in law, he attempts to convince Oregon about the truth but it was worthless because he was sightless from others beliefs, in the play, “Tartuffe” Cleante has a conversation with Oregon, explaining him the difference between hypocrisy and genuine piety, “There’s true and false in piety, as in bravery, / So those whose hearts are truly pure and lowly. Don’t make a flashy show of being holy. (Moliere 224)” This undoubtedly proves that this play wasn’t an attack on religion but...