Mary Wollstonecraft’s beliefs on women’s rights is very empowering and should be more known to the people in the world. Mary Wollstonecraft wanted women to have equal rights as the men had in her short lived life during the late seventeenth century. Knowledge and independence was what Wollstonecraft desired the most over beauty and excessive money. Mary Wollstonecraft explained in A vindication of the rights of woman, that women should not be used as useless Barbie dolls; however, women should be respected and should have the same equality as men have to prosper with their lives. Women should have the rights to educate themselves or have importance in a political view.
Tartuffe was attacked by the church so much that King Louis XIV had to shut the show down. Tartuffe went through many revisions until it was allowed to be shown. Tartuffe address gender roles and stereotypes with its characters. For example, Dorine states: “But now that they’re no longer what they were she quits a world that is fast quitting her. And wears a veil to conceal her bankrupt beauty and her lost appeal.” This line by Dorine speaks to how women are forgotten about in a sexual way once they reach a certain age in the 17th century.
Tartuffe is an excellent example of a neoclassical drama seeing that to be perfect is to be inhuman. Human nature is complete with many flaws and imperfections, same way as represented in the play "Tartuffe", by Moliere. As a result, “Tartuffe” is a really good example to present the basic flaw in human nature. This flaw is shown through two characters of the play, Orgon and Madame Pernelle , the mother of Orgon. These two are blind to the truth regarding Tartuffe and fall victim to his manipulation.
As an advocate of women rights, Wollstonecraft’s conception of intersubjectivity is universal as she conceptualizes a range of patriarchal institutions and practices related to marriage, education, law, government, and political economy. She strongly acknowledges “to the proposition that women, first and foremost, are human beings, who, like all other people in our society, must have the opportunity to build up their fullest human potential.” From this reality, she caught on that the concept of women’s human rights grew not from the heavily invoked, revolutionary-era idea of the “rights of man” but rather from the more radical idea of the “rights of woman.” As she theorized the necessity of including women in any universalistic and egalitarian definition of
It would tell everyone what they needed to know, but not in such a harsh way that they felt attacked or were overly dismayed. As a comic playwright, the idea of blind ignorance provided material for Moliere to work with. “The material for Tartuffe was artistically and dramatically excellent, popularly appealing, and psychologically fascinating, so there is small wonder that Moliere threw himself into the project of bringing it to the stage” (kctcs.edu). It was, however, difficult for Tartuffe to be performed due to its controversial subject matter. King Louis XIV had to intervene in order for the play to make it to the public
She provides details and logic that back up her statements. She gives relatable examples and alarming possible outcomes. One of Wollstonecraft’s point is that, women are dependent on men because of the way society views marriage. Women from before based their survival on the approval on men, instead of furthering on their educational needs (Poonacha 427). Wollstonecraft, in order to convince her readers for change, gather up what women lack and blames it all back to their lack of education, thus proving her point more.
Humility, Modesty, and Helplessness in the 17th Century The main central ideas in Tartuffe, by Moliere and The Rape of the Lock, by Alexander Pope is the role women play in the 17th century. women are the embodiment of humility, modesty, and helplessness. Physical and social beauty was very important in the 17th century. A woman had no say in anything. The two characters that represent humility, modesty, and helplessness are Mariane from Tartuffe and Belinda from The Rape of the Lock.
Society always looks at women with a special eye, which is not the case for men. Wollstonecraft’s’ message to all the women is to come out of their culturally constructed state, avoid being elegant, examine their inherent nature, and be rationale. Wollstonecraft is heavily inspired by Rousseau, and embraces his commitments to be independent and free. Even though she speaks of women as separate from herself, but she does not compliment them, instead reprimand them for failing limiting their goals till marriage. She condemns women for wasting all their energy in beauty, marriage and children.
I find Moliere’s play, Tartuffe, to be entertaining for the underlying message of historical hypocrisy which it sheds to light. After reading the comedy of Tartuffe, I can only agree that it is an intellectual whirlwind of classical genius which tantalizes even the modern mind by echoing to us the importance of scrutinizing the narratives and analyzing the flaws and follies alike which are evident even within our own era. Tartuffe stands out to me because of the power that resonated from the creation of this societal satire and the fact that unlike other works of the era which were forced to fall in line with a strict code of adherence generated by the aristocracy of the classical era, this piece served as a direct challenge to the narrative