The Sun King's Conflict In Tartuffe

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In Tartuffe, which is considered to be Molière's seventeenth century masterpiece, King Louis XIV may be viewed as the eventual source of order. Indeed, he plays a critical role and he is a key element in the conflict resolution within the play, although he never actually appears in it, he has no speaking role, and there is no allusion to his name, too. King Louis XVI, also known as the Sun King, is the Deus ex Machina who enters the scene to restore all to order. As a matter of fact, his intervention is necessary at the end of the play to unmask and punish Tartuffe’s hypocrisy. Indeed, the only reason why Tartuffe ends happily is because of King Loius XIV’s benevolence . Owing to him, everything is put in the right place. Tartuffe tells the story of Orgon, a middle class man who has served the King of France in the recent civil wars. One day Orgon meets Tartuffe, a religious hypocrite impostor and, being impressed by his piety, he becomes friend with him. Thus, Orgon invites Tartuffe to stay in his home.With the time, Orgon falls under Tartuffe's influence. Tartuffe starts to manipulate Orgon, and eventually he tricks him. As a matter of fact, Orgon signes over Tartuffe the deed to his own house. Besides, Tartuffe runs off with some documents which clearly denounce Orgon as a traitor to…show more content…
Indeed, King Louis XIV had strongly supported Molière throughout his several attempts to perform his play. The relationships between the two men at that time were quite strong. As a matter of fact, Louis XIV considered Molière a friend of his, and he had also been the godfather to Moliere’s son. Molière was very grateful to him. Thus, throughout the play Louis XIV is praised with graceful compliments, and he is represented and portrayed as a fair and just ruler. As the king’s officer states, the King is a wise man who has immediately exposed Tartuffe as a
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