Compare And Contrast Pedra And Tartuffe

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When looking at both tales of Phedra and Tartuffe it seems as if you can go so much deeper into the double lives that almost each character in the stories are living. In one form or another each person has something that they are attempting to hide from those around them by pretending to be someone else. Morals and religion are big factors when it comes to how and why the characters are behaving or in some cases not behaving a certain way. Although, Phedra and Tartuffe lead very different lives, but they are both alike in so many ways and even though they seem to be at different stages in their lives, both have problems with being their true selves and living in their truth in fear of what others may have to say about the “real” them. The…show more content…
The way that he carries himself has allowed him to easily slide into the good graces of Orgon and Madame Pernelle, the façade that he is displaying is one for the ages. In Tartuffe’s case everyone around him can see him as the fraud he is whereas with Phedra no one knows how she really feels about Hippolytis until she actually reveals it for herself. Phedra does a better job in hiding her true feelings for Hippolytis and she even goes out of her way to avoid acting on the temptations she knows would soon take over if ever left alone with him for a period of time. Tartuffe simply acts on the chance that he thinks he has with Elmire in a somewhat awkward moment of them discussing Orgon wanting to give him his daughter in marriage. They both do finally admit their love for the forbidden, but also the love is what differs as well. Phedra wants Hippolytis in a sexual way and in that way only and Tartuffe claims to be in love with Elmire. Both leading lives to save face for themselves. Both Phedra and Tartuffe are displaying…show more content…
She goes as far as being cruel to Hippolytis in order to get him sent away so she could never act on the feelings lingering inside and it isn’t until ____ takes his trip that she actually has to face him after being separated from him for so many years and even when she is in such close quarters with him she still tries to have some type of composure until she can no longer control herself. Whereas Tartuffe is spending all of his time trying to manipulate those around him in order to get what he wants all while using religion as a way to do it. Throughout his efforts of trying to be a great religious figure he falls more than short when being faced with sin himself, but unlike Phedra he does not try to fight his feelings for long instead he jumps at the first chance he is given to come onto
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