Tartuffe Essay Questions

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

''Tartuffe'' is a story about a man who pretends to be holy to trick a family into giving him everything. This lesson provides a variety of essay questions for students to increase their comprehension of this tale.

Tartuffe - The Basics

Moliere's 1664 play Tartuffe is the story of Orgon and his family and how they are tricked by Tartuffe, a con artist pretending to be a holy man. Although most of Orgon's family realize that Tartuffe is evil, Orgon is not so bright. Orgon continually defends Tartuffe, even when his family suggests that Organ's wife, Elmyr, was seduced by Tartuffe.

Orgon eventually sees Tartuffe for who he really is; however, by this point Tartuffe has weaseled all of Orgon's money and possessions from him. By the end of the play Tartuffe is arrested once the King of France realizes what was happening, saving Orgon and his family.

The story is a satire and comedy, mocking the corrupt religious figures that are only out for money, power, and sex. Moliere did not want to mock religion, just the imposters that paraded their holiness as a reason for corruption.

General Essay Questions

These questions are a variety of general essay questions to help students better comprehend Tartuffe.

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