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Tartuffe | Characters

Character Description
Orgon The head of the Parisian household in which the action of Tartuffe takes place, Orgon is a gullible man who is taken in by Tartuffe's apparent piety. Read More
Tartuffe Tartuffe is the hypocrite and imposter after whom the play is named. Read More
Cléante Cléante is Elmire's brother and Orgon's brother-in-law and friend. Read More
Dorine Dorine, Mariane's maid, tries to help Mariane and Valère by exposing Tartuffe for the fake he is. Read More
Elmire Orgon's second wife, Elmire, sees through Tartuffe and tries to get her husband to see the truth. Read More
Argas Sometime before the events of the play, Orgon's friend Argas was exiled and fled Paris, leaving Orgon with some incriminating documents.
Damis Like his father, Orgon, Damis is easily excited, which causes some problems for the conspirators working against Tartuffe.
Flipote Flipote is Madame Pernelle's much abused maid. She suffers in total silence.
Laurent Tartuffe's servant, Laurent, is frequently mentioned as being just as much a thief and a hypocrite as his master. Although he does not appear in the play, he can be felt lurking in the background.
Monsieur Loyal A bailiff who once served Orgon's father and now comes to evict Orgon's family, Monsieur Loyal does not live up to his name.
Mariane Mariane is Orgon's daughter and loves Valère. She is horrified when Orgon decides she must marry Tartuffe.
Orante Orante is a judgmental old woman long past her prime who lives in Orgon's neighborhood. She does not appear in the play, but her opinions make themselves felt nonetheless.
Madame Pernelle Orgon's mother, the self-righteous Madame Pernelle, is just as infatuated with Tartuffe as her son is.
Officer The police officer appears at the last minute on official business from the king. Arriving with Tartuffe, he surprises the con man by arresting him instead of Orgon. While this is bad news for Tartuffe, it's a life-saver for Orgon and his family.
Valère Valère is Mariane's fiancé and tries to make the best of Orgon's decision that she should marry Tartuffe.
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