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by Molière

Tartuffe Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. How do the characters reflect Tartuffe's major themes?
  2. Cléante seems to be the resident wise man in Orgon's house, but too what extent can we trust the things he says?
  3. At the end of the play, Cléante tells Orgon to leave Tartuffe alone and hope that the trickster mends his wicked ways. Does it seem like Tartuffe will actually change?
  4. Is the King's intervention really necessary? Why couldn't we let the other characters try to figure out a solution, or at least give them more time to think?
  5. If you're reading a verse translation of Tartuffe find yourself a prose one, or vice versa – you can find a bunch online, or even just take a look at an excerpt on Amazon.com. Now, pick a passage to compare. Do you think the two versions are fundamentally different? Is one definitely better than the other? If so, why?
  6. Tartuffe caused quite a scandal back in the day? Does it still retain any shock value?
  7. What do you make of Orgon? Is he ultimately a sympathetic character?

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