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voices of reason - Kristin Killmeyer English 209 Dr Chuska...

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Kristin Killmeyer 2-2-09 English 209 Dr. Chuska
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Voices of Reason In Moliere’s play “Tartuffe”, several characters make the attempt to act as the voice of reason to Orgon, who was blinded by who he thought was a truly pious man. The two characters that stick out most with regards to reason and rationality are Dorine and Cleante. Moliere does a good job in advocating voices of reason (with Cleante), but he also makes a point to ridicule them (with Dorine). These two characters play out in different ways. Cleante’s reasoning dialogue is usually straightforward, serious, and frank, while Dorine’s words are comedic, sarcastic, and almost harsh. Moliere’s advocacy really shows through when Cleante speaks with Orgon in Act I, Scene 5 about how a man with such true religious piousness would have no need to prove his piety through over-zealous and showy acts of “faithfulness”. The way Cleante speaks to Orgon is truly heartfelt and with real concern over his blind love of an extremely hypocritical man. Cleante tries, time and time again, to get Orgon to see and feel how everybody else does about Tartuffe, but try as he might, Orgon is obsessed. In Act IV, Scene 1, Cleante tries
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