Jump to navigation Jump to search « Elmire » redirects here. For the hamlet in North Yorkshire, England, see Eldmire. Je suis un imposteur PDF article is about the play. For the 1984 film, see Le tartuffe.
1664, is one of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière. The characters of Tartuffe, Elmire, and Orgon are considered among the greatest classical theatre roles. As a result of Molière’s play, contemporary French and English both use the word « tartuffe » to designate a hypocrite who ostensibly and exaggeratedly feigns virtue, especially religious virtue. Head of the house and husband of Elmire, he is blinded by admiration for Tartuffe. The young romantic lead, who struggles to win the hand of his true love, Orgon’s daughter Mariane. Family housemaid, who tries to help expose Tartuffe and help Valère. Tartuffe pretends to be pious and to speak with divine authority, and Orgon and his mother no longer take any action without first consulting him.
Mariane feels very upset at this news, and the rest of the family realizes how deeply Tartuffe has embedded himself into the family. As a pious man and a guest, he should have no such feelings for the lady of the house, and the family hopes that after such a confession, Orgon will throw Tartuffe out of the house. Frontispiece and titlepage of Tartuffe or The Imposter from a 1739 collected edition of his works in French and English, printed by John Watts. The engraving depicts the amoral Tartuffe being deceitfully seduced by Elmire, the wife of his host, Orgon who hides under a table.