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This edition: Moliere: Tartuffe

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Tartuffe perfectly represents the French neo-classical period, and this lesson places particular emphasis on the play’s plot, language style, characterizations and central theme. What is the play about? Why is Orgon so blind to Tartuffe's true nature? Is the character of Tartuffe comic or macabre? Is Orgon "mad," as Dorine claims? What does "madness" mean in the context of this play? What is the significance of the "deus ex machina" ending of the play?
Featured interview: Dr. David Raybin (Eastern Illinois University)