As well as underestimating the piety that Bertrande had, Davis may also have overestimated the magnitude of freedom granted to a peasant woman in this place and time period. Women were not yet granted nearly as much freedom as men, and in comparison to today’s standards were under oppression. It is highly unlikely that Bertrande would act with as much freedom as Davis portrays. Bertrande was a young housewife in a peasant village, who may or may not have had the sort of feminist capacity and knowledge required for acting in the way Davis portrays. The women at the time were probably taught to unconditionally obey the man of the house and could do little to improve their circumstances merely on their own.
With regard to the overall excerpt, does Duc de Saint-Simon’s portrayal of Louis XIV appear admirable, critical, balanced, or analytical? You may also choose your own description. Use some passages to build your support. According to Duc de Saint-Simon Louis XIV was a person with a great mind but was more focused on a small things like “…the dress and drill of his soldiers.”
Jean Laffite was an American patriot, a famous pirate, and, a traitor to all. Laffite has spied for Britain, Spain, and America. Jean betrayed all but America. He was one of the best spies the united states had had at the time. He could hire other people to do his spying instead of risking his own life, but he did it all by himself.
While unique characters are very valuable in various forms of literature, authors can successfully utilize stereotyped characters to achieve author’s purpose. The character of Mariane in Tartuffe by Molière is a stereotypical “damsel in distress”, as the other characters must help her while they combat the hypocrisy of Tartuffe. When Orgon, blinded by his reverence for Tartuffe, announces that Mariane is to marry Tartuffe, it causes conflict between characters. Mariane has to express her opinion and defy her father, so that she will not marry a hypocrite and liar, despite being a generally submissive person. In Molière’s Tartuffe, the author successfully employs a conventional character through Mariane, to demonstrate the strife that fanaticism and
Throughout Molière’s ‘Tartuffe” the true intentions of multiple characters are consistently questioned. Different characters involve themselves in self-made delusions for specific reasons, causing the label of ‘hypocrite’ to become a significantly used word. This use of the word ‘hypocrite’ throws everything off balance, forcing the audience to question every statement/event deciding whether or not they are truly sincere. Moliere’s use of hypocrisy when describing Tartuffe brings immediate awareness to the text involving central theme of reason verses emotion, deciding whether or not a characters actions were based on their pure heart or their greed.
Orgon is blinded by his admiration of Tartuffe. Without Orgon seeing for himself, he would never believe that Tartuffe could have deceived him. Moliere makes Tartuffe betrays others by his remarkable gestures of humiliation and aid. Moliere uses satire to emphasize the truth about Tartuffe’s lust for Elmire.
In fact, the text before the actual story explains that Molière uses satire and humor to “comment on his own immediate social scene, imagining how universal patterns play themselves out in a specific historical context” (Molière). Because of this, the king of France was made by the Catholic Church to have Tartuffe banned. He is seen, at first, by some of the household members, specifically Orgon and his mother, Madame Pernelle, as this pure, kind-hearted man. As the story progresses, it slowly becomes apparent that Tartuffe is not the person some characters have made him out to be. For example, the first time we get a feel for the idea is in scene 1.4 where Dorine begins to list off Tartuffe’s action as Orgon asks, “Ah, and Tartuffe?”
As well as, this recognition of Tartuffe's false nature reveals the severity of Orgon’s arrogance. Moliere highlights within the second half of the play, the extremes of pride and how mankind struggles to face it. The theme of pride is accentuated by Orgon’s nature, especially, during
From this relatively minor action the control and power of Louis XIV is immediately brought to a forefront by Félibien, as it is written that is was on the word of the king alone that the entire event commenced. The narration of the period between the grand opening and the first spectacle describes elements of the sheer opulence of Louis XIV, which serve as the first exemplification of the power he wishes to portray – the section contains the first mention of water fountains, a feature which serves as a symbol of perhaps the ultimate triumph of Louis, as the feat of simply supplying enough water to sustain such numerable displays is not only an exhibition of the power of the king’s will, but also serves as an exhibition of Louis’ power over nature. In both Félibien’s account and the engravings of Le Pautre the exuberance of the scene of the collation is brought to life, a scene which is set in an arena which physically embodies the triumph of Louis over nature as the physical structure of the space is formed from the twisting and moulding of branches and flowers into a star-shaped enclosure. The choice of Louis to create this star-shaped space is the first acknowledgement of his
The topics discussed in Tartuffe would follow literature all the way to today. All literature today was rooted from the philosophies and works published during the Enlightenment, especially the works of Pluto. Robert Browning’s, My Last Duchess, was written two centuries after Tartuffe, discusses the issue of marriage, and also the superiority of men to women, a topic subtly mentioned in Tartuffe. Perhaps had Moliere never republished Tartuffe the world of literature would still lack satire and courage to test the common held beliefs of
Moliere states to the King: “ it is a piece of great temerity on my part to come and importune a great monarch in the midst of his glorious conquest” (Moliere, Second Petition). Moliere is captivated by the King and believes that he is not worthy of his time, but seeks assistance regardless. Orgon, in contrast, believes that
The autobiography, The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, provides a vivid insight into the complicated, yet exhilarating, life of Rousseau. The beginning of his life was filled with misfortunes, such as the death of his mother which was quickly followed by a distraught and self-sabotaging attitude which his father adopted. This led to his father’s involvement in illegal behaviors and the subsequent abandonment of Rousseau. His mother’s death was the catalyst for his journey to meet multiple women who would later affect his life greatly. The Influence of Miss Lamberciers, Madame Basile, Countess de Vercellis, and Madam de Warens on the impressionable adolescent mind of Rousseau led to the positive cultivation of self-discovery and the creation of new experiences, as well as the development of inappropriate sexual desires and attachments towards women.
This essay will examine the historical accuracy of the film Les Miserables in terms of the social, economic and political conditions in French society post French Revolution. The film Les Miserables depicts an extremely interesting time in French history (from about 1815-1832.) Even though the story line does not depict every detail and event that occurred during the time period as well as the fact that some aspects are dramatized for entertainment purposes, the film effectively spans thirty years of economic, political and social aspects of French Society. However it also manages to bring in references to the past, the French Revolution (1789-1799) and the impact it had on the society portrayed in the film.