Study Guide

Tartuffe Characters

By Molière

Orgon

There are many words that could be used to describe Orgon: idiot, dunce, sucker, chump,...

Tartuffe

Tartuffe's reputation precedes him. His name is the title, and the characters of this play spend...

Dorine

Dorine is Mariane's maid. She's also saucy, sassy, and streetwise. She's always ready with a...

Cléante

Cléante is both a wise man and a wise guy: he's a perceptive, learned, intellectual, you...

Elmire

Elmire is what you might call a strong woman. And we're not talking 17th century strong, no...

Mariane

Mariane is daddy's little girl. She loves her guy, Valère, there's no doubt about it, but...

Damis

Damis lays it all on the line in Act 1, Scene 1, when he tells Madame Pernelle that Tartuffe's...

Madame Pernelle

Madame Pernelle is Orgon's mother. Like her son, she's enamored with Tartuffe. She eats up every...

Valère

Valère is a nice guy who very nearly finishes last. Sure, he and Mariane have a little...

Monsieur Loyal

Monsieur Loyal is a bearer of bad news and a lackey for Tartuffe. Which makes sense: he's just as...

Police Officer

The officer is responsible for arresting Tartuffe in the play's final scene. More importantly, he...

Flipote

Flipote is Madame Pernelle's maid. She gets slapped and generally disrespected by Pernelle at the...