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English Troding on Toes Interpersonal
Words: 931 Length: 3 Pages Document Type: Term Paper Paper #: 75113690
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Instead of engaging in a conflict with Tartuffe immediately, the pious members of Orgon's family purposely avoid conflict even when it is to their own detriment.

However, having Mariane married to such a fraud is too much and Orgon's family devise a plan to expose Tartuffe as the true fraud he is while still avoiding any serious conflicts. The plan is to trap Tartuffe into confessing to Elmire, Orgon's wife, his true desire for her. The thought is that a truly pious man who comes to stay as a guest in another man's house would have anything but sexual feelings for the other man's wife. The plan goes according to plan, with Tartuffe seducing Elmire, until the eavesdropping Damis cannot stand the scene anymore and prematurely confronts Tartuffe himself. Suddenly, the conflict between piousness and fraud is ignited, threatening to carry both parties further away from what a pious life…


Hartnoll, Phyllis. Ed. (1983): The Oxford Companion to the Theatre. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Moliere, Jean-Baptiste. (1988): Tartuffe. Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Roy, Donald. (1995): "Moliere." The Cambridge Guide to Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Scott, Virginia. (2000): Moliere: A Theatrical Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Orgon and Candide the Enlightenment Philosophers Believed
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Orgon and Candide

The Enlightenment philosophers believed that God created the world, and as God is the most benevolent, capable mind possible, then the world must be the best possible world. Humans are incapable of understanding the role of evil in the world because they do not understand how the force that God set in place to govern the world. Therefore, when humans see bad things happening, they are unable to comprehend that every bad thing occurs for a greater good. This philosophy is grounded in a strong sense of cause and effect, the pursuit of which leads humans to misperceptions and, ultimately, to misplaced faith.

Orgon's misperceptions are so acute, that it leaves one wondering if his gullibility was native. Orgon's search for salvation brings him to set aside the cautions and warnings of his friends and fall completely for Tartuffe's flattery and trickery. Orgon's blind faith is driven…


Bottiglia, W.F. (Ed.). (1968). Voltaire: A collection of critical essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice.

Moliere, Jean-Baptiste Poquellin. (1664). Tartuffe. Translated by Richard Wilbur. Department of English, Miami-Dade College | Kendall.

(2004, June 1). Voltaire. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing.

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Relationship and Collaboration Between Louis
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Versailles was more than just a place inhabited by the French royal family and those close to them, as it was a location where art was in the making, with Moliere and Lully being two of the individuals responsible for transforming the palace into the home of French art in the seventeenth century.

Louis, Lully, and Moliere all collaborated in assisting France in experiencing a process of enlightenment, as the country changed most of its policies during the seventeenth century with the purpose of having these three men and the rest of the country's people exploit its ability to host the concept of art. Even though Louis is likely to be condemned for bringing France into a financial impasse because of his excessive spending, most people are likely to agree that art is one of the best things that one can possibly invest in. The Sun King enabled people to…

Works cited:

Calder, Andrew, "Moliere: The Theory and Practice of Comedy,"

Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000

Campbell, Peter Robert, "Louis XIV, 1661-1715," Longman, 1993.

Parkin, John and Phillips, John, "Laughter and power," Peter Lang, 2006.

Misanthrope- Honesty in One of the Best
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Misanthrope- Honesty

In one of the best plays of Moliere, The Misanthrope, we come across honesty as the main theme, which has been carefully incorporated to show the adverse effects of tactless honesty and the consequences of complete lack of honesty. The play was written in the 17th century and the society it depicts is the one that prefers flattery to honesty and conceit to modesty. Despite the fact that the play was meant for audiences of 17th century, it amazingly retains a universal appeal because of the treatment that Moliere extends to the central theme of honesty in the play.

The play revolves around four important characters, Alceste, Celimene, Philinte and Eliante. It is through the characters of Alceste and Celimene that the author conveys his views on honesty. Philinte serves the important purpose of balancing honesty and deceit by adopting a middle path, which is both sensible and…


Rousseau, Jean Jacques "Letter to M. D'Alembert on the Theatre" (1758).

Moliere. The Misanthrope and Tartuffe. Trans. Richard Wilbur. New York, 1954.