Tartuffe Turning Point Analysis

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In Moliere’s Tartuffe, Orgon is the patriarch head of household who is blinded by the hypocrite Tartuffe. Through out the play, Orgon rejects reason and is not able to see through Tartuffe’s evil plans against him. Orgon’s entire family tries to warn him about the fraud Tartuffe is but he does not listen. There is one point in the play where Orgon finally comes to his senses. This is a scene that I enjoyed reading, as it is humorous and full of mockery. Orgon comes to his senses in the scene where his wife Elmire tries to seduce Tartuffe while he is hiding under the table. After this scene, the entire direction of the play changed direction. Throughout the first few acts of Moliere’s Tartuffe, we are introduced to Tartuffe by the talks of others. We learn that Tartuffe is positively perceived by some of Orgon’s family members while the majority of the family dislikes Tartuffe. Dorine expresses to Madame Pernelle that Tartuffe’s “every action makes me seethe and tremble with anger” (Act 1). On the other hand, Madame Pernelle and her son Orgon have…show more content…
This is the turning point where Orgon is no longer fooled by Tartuffe. He states, “but now the proof's been carried far enough; I'm satisfied, and ask no more, for my part.” At this point, Tartuffe’s mask has been unveiled. The dramatic irony used by Moliere in the play allowed the audience to know what was going on all along. The use of this element is what makes Act 4 scene 5 my favorite part of the play. As a reader, the dramatic irony present brings eagerness, we want the protagonist to know what we know. The element also brings a feeling of “I wish I could’ve told you so!” This is a scene where there are no questions to ask, it is what it is. Orgon becomes immediately aware that his family was right and that he being ignorant towards reality. At this point, Tartuffe goes about his original plans and tries to take ownership of Orgon’s
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