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Tartuffe by Molière

Tartuffe is a truly timeless piece of comedic theatre that satirizes religious hypocrisy and manipulation. Written by Molière in the 17th century, this play remains relevant today, as it explores themes of deceit, desire, and the power dynamics within a family.

The character of Tartuffe himself is a master manipulator, using his apparent piety to worm his way into the trust and favor of the wealthy Orgon and his family. His cunning and conniving ways are both infuriating and entertaining to watch unfold on stage.

The language and wit of Molière's writing are sharp and clever, making for a fast-paced and engaging read. The dialogue is full of humor and irony, with each character bringing their own unique voice and perspective to the story.

Overall, Tartuffe is a brilliant piece of literature that continues to captivate audiences with its timeless themes and witty satire. It serves as a reminder to be wary of those who use religion as a cloak for their true intentions, and to always question the motives of those in positions of power. A must-read for lovers of classic theatre and social commentary alike.

Book Description:
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known works is Tartuffe or The Hypocrite, written in 1664. Though Tartuffe was received well by the public and even by Louis XIV, its popularity was lessened when the Archbishop of Paris issued an edict threatening excommunication for anyone who watched, performed in, or read the play.

Tartuffe, a pious fraud who pretends to speak with divine authority, has insinuated himself into the household of Orgon. When Orgon announces that his daughter Mariane is to marry Tartuffe instead of her fiance Valère, the rest of the family realizes the extent of Tartuffe's influence over Orgon. Tartuffe tries to seduce Orgon's wife Elmire, who traps him into revealing to Orgon his intentions toward her. Orgon throws Tartuffe out of the house, Tartuffe returns with an order of eviction for the family, and at the final moment the tables are turned and the play ends happily.

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