Tartuffe is a classic story of deceit by one who is trusted and respected. Tartuffe,
the deceitful holy man, is living in the house of Oregon. Oregon has opened his doors to
Tartuffe, and he greatly respects him for being the good holy man he was thought to be.
The rest of the family believe that Tartuffe is a fake and a con. Oregon and Madam
Parcelle are the two which believe in his holy reputation. Tartuffe convinces Oregon that
he is an incredible man of great holy stature, and Oregon proceeds to sign over to Tartuffe
Outward Appearances can sometimes be deceiving. This is evident in the way
Oregon looked at Tartuffe. Tartuffe was thought to be a man of great holy influence.
Oregon thought Tartuffe was a high holy figure, who was admirable because of his
devotion to God. Tartuffe is actually a two- faced con artist who has no interests but that
of his own welfare. Oregon is blinded by these ideals. Tartuffe takes advantage of this
blindness and attempts to seduce Oregon's wife and con Oregon out of all his
Another action by Tartuffe was thefirst steps of seducing Oregon's wife. He uses
his rosary to pull her in closer. In this episode, Tartuffe is using a symbol of purity and
holiness as a tool of lust and sin. At some points, he'd be eloquent and dignified, but at
times he would be as if he was going after her.
There is another aspect to the seduction by Tartuffe of Oregon's wife. Molierre
has Oregon hiding under a table when Tartuffe is trying to physically seduce his wife.
Oregon had never believed his family that Tartuffe was two faced. Oregon, seeing with
his own eyes what Tartuffe was doing, finally believes them. This shows that sometimes
people don't believe something until they see it with their own eyes.
Moilere succeeded in making Oregon and Madam Parcelle stubborn