Tartuffe was a play written by Moliere. An eye opener yet comedy play that points the flaws of people and the society who had supremacies, as he used the visual jokes and other kinds of humors that reveals the absurdity of powerful people and in the society of France. It was censored by King Louis XIV due to possible damages that will caused to the religious sector but eventually upon the submission of the explanation of Moliere the play Tartuffe was performed. He didn’t directly make a play that offend the religious sectors because he could be arrested or worse yet excommunicated from the Catholic Church for defying the powerful religious hierarchy.
The 17th century of French literature was a replication of new literature concept from impolite noble to a product of sophisticated writers with a religious and legal background. Moliere was a sophisticated and known writer that had legal background who ...view middle of the document...
So he made a funny play with hidden intentions. Also, it was strongly shown that the use of the salon for fine ladies was to entertain themselves reflecting their characteristic. With Tartuffe’s strategy Jourdain discovered Celimene’s behaviour and attitudes towards him.
The character Jourdain was the mirror of King Louis XIV in reality. As King Louis was the benchmark of all things, in trends, dancing, clothing, etiquettes and more, Jourdain hired Tartuffe to follow the footsteps of King Louis. Like King Louis he was easily fooled to accept Tartuffe illusion as King Louis at first was hesitant to agree to perform the play by Moliere as people may think some negative things like the hierarchy of him to society but Moliere managed to file petition in order that the play will be performed. King Louis XIV also was known for his absolute power on the top of the hierarchy monarch in all aspects. Like Jourdain a father and a husband also excelled on top of the hierarchy for his words were the law of their family.
In the 17th century French literature was given a big part on the society, On the contrary the valued that king Louis gave in literature was the one who destroy him because the playwright by Moliere was all about him mirroring what he was and what had done. The most important function of art and literature is the enlightenment of the people using artist’s art, to awaken people on their problems in human life and human institution as the play by Moliere showed all the defects in the French society.
People in 17th century valued the literature as major part of the era for the fame and majesty that it gives to the artists. But on the other hand, Moliere wrote the playwright neither for fame nor glory that he must get but revealing the problems in French society in simple manner that he must not got caught.
Women were not given a big part in society. There were no academies that will enlighten them and teaching them. Clearly it was a male driven society, but Moliere made a playwright that woman initiated to strive for a great place in world by putting the salon for their desire for knowledge about things especially in society and literature.