Word usage examples
Her pretense of love to Tartuffe is a performance for Orgon, whom she wishes to restore to his proper role as husband and head of the family by leaving to him the decision to save her.
I suspect Tartuffe Opposes it, and puts my father up To all these wretched shifts.
If his Tartuffe has charmed him so, why let him Just marry him himself--no one will hinder.
Mister Tartuffe, sure, take it all in all, Is not a man to sneeze at--oh, by no means!
She has some influence with this Tartuffe, He makes a point of heeding all she says, And I suspect that he is fond of her.
Further audiences are implied by the play, including people outside the family unit who, we are aware, may hold Tartuffe in esteem, religious people who practice their faith more sincerely than he, and, ultimately, authorities who perceive him as a criminal.
Lionel Gossman argues that Orgon uses Tartuffe in order to solidify and extend his own power over his family, and he traces the political implications of that possibility.
Rather than seeking to gain power through Tartuffe, Orgon may seek to relinquish responsibility.
He is willing to hand Tartuffe his daughter, his secrets, his property, and almost his wife.
If Tartuffe can be seen as an embodiment of religion, or of a certain kind of religion, the significance of his appeal to Orgon becomes apparent.