• Year Published: 1664.
  • Pages: 87.

Tartuffe Summary

Introduction

Tartuffe is an ancient word commonly used to define a pretender kind of, or rather a religious misfit. In reality, however, this turns out to be a skit that was done some time back in 1964. It is one of the widely known plays, done by a well-known actor Moliere.

 

Plot

Orgon’s family like any other Christian family accommodates Tartuffe. However, the family is ignorant of the disaster that is paving the way in their home. Orgon and his mother get drunk with the wine of Tartuffe, they become as his slaves.

The two trusts Tartuffe and his religion and worships him as if he is a god. They are powerless over their decisions unless Tartuffe the hypocrite intervenes.

On the other hand, all the other members of this family are very much alert and understand that Tartuffe is just but an impostor. Orgon’s folly makes him decide to marry off his daughter Mariane to Tartuffe, which puts the whole family and outsiders under tension.

The rest of the family not indulged in the wickedness of Tartuffe comes cooks a plan to ensure the impostor is thrown out. They wisely trick Tartuffe to express his feelings toward Orgon’s wife, an open abomination.

However due to irritation, this impostor causes to the family, Damis is unable to hold his anger. He throws himself to Tartuffe even before the trap is accomplished. With no time, Orgon arrives only to find the drama going on; and Damis tries to explain but to no avail.

Conversely, due to foolishness, Orgon doesn’t trust his son but rather trusts the impostor. He decides to dismiss his son’s words and shows dishonor to the family. He commits all his belongings to Tartuffe, including his wife as a gift to him.

In order to prove to Orgon that Tartuffe was actually a fox in sheep skin, Elmire tries out a plan against him. This plan makes Orgon very upset and denounces the impostor to vacate his home. In contrast, Tartuffe forces Orgon to leave instead since he had already owned Orgon’s title deeds.

Fortunately, all evils committed by Tartuffe are exposed and the authority takes action. The impostor is arrested and the Orgon’s family is granted official ownership of their home which had been previously granted to Tartuffe. Orgon and his mother are now aware of the boat they have been sailing in.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is unfortunate that even the very educated people get carried away by imposters. Orgon trusted Tartuffe with all his might but came to regret afterward. If only Orgon could discern he would not have fallen a victim. The play is an eye opener to everybody to be careful of such people and also to remain conscious.

Tartuffe Themes

  • Hypocrisy
  • Foolishness and Folly
  • Ambition
  • Religion
  • Reason vs. Emotion
  • Women and Femininity
  • Family and Fathers
  • Lies and Deceit
  • Morality and Ethics
  • Justice
  • Marriage
  • Appearances and Beauty
  • Sin
  • Loyalty

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