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HUMN 1020 - LIT - Humanities 1020: Literature 1/12/09...

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Humanities 1020: Literature 1/12/09 Molierre, Tartuffe 1/12/09 Did for comedy what Shakespeare did for tragedy 17 th  century French playwright “Public Mirrors” “Satiric Plays” o What is he satirizing? How does he do it   blatant or casual? Underlying verb meaning “to say” “to utter” “to speak”, etc. Which characters are surface? Which characters are interpretive readers? 1/14/09 Mme Pernelle: overall criticism is that the household is not listening to what she  has to say and that everyone is talking too much She feels shut out of the family Criticizes Elmire of spending too much money o Elmire dresses very rich, always have people over, always going to  parties, neighbors starts to gossip… is Orgon’s family moving up?  o Note: Orgon and Tartuffe are social climbers (1 st  parallel between  Orgon and Tartuffe)
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Tartuffe  Symbolically      o Deified figured o Sacred text “Heaven Sent”  Note: doesn’t come on stage until Act III o Hypocrite: says one thing, acts one way; distant from the truth o Hypocrite: distorts truth o Shows spectacle: giving truth  Physically     o Gluten o Big belly o Drinks all the time o Of lower class (no shoes) o Red mouth/ pink cheeks o Sleeps, very lazy o Sexual (likes Elmire) Can take words literally or interpretively Which characters are surface/interpretive characters?
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Molierre   through his plays, wants to show society something about self that  we do not want to see. Show the truth.  Act I:  Speech and Language This is tearing household apart  Chaos in household Molierre is showing how words and rhetoric can tear people apart… rhetoric  beats out the truth.  Power of Language  Orgon: Surface reader   takes everything Tartuffe says seriously; gullible;  naïve; easily manipulated Does Orgon have anything to gain by following Tartuffe? 1/21/09 Act I:   Tartuffe Symbolically o Sacred text Exist through word of mouth o Deified Equated w/ Heavens and defined being…believe in Tartuffe =  go to the Heavens; don’t believe in Tartuffe = atheist  o Only exists as text or discourse, not as a flesh of blood character in  Acts I & II 
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Physically o Monster of the body! o Note: Is a gluten who indulges in food, sex, alcohol, etc…yet he is  supposed to be preaching about the Heavens, etc…  CONTRADICTORY (hmmm) Hypocrite (definition)  o Says one thing, means another (as character w/in the play) o Actor who reveals truth to audience via the spectacle  Tartuffe in play = a hypocrite…no truth
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