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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  19,960 ratings  ·  425 reviews
Teeming with lively humor and satirical plot devices, this timeless comedy by one of France's greatest playwrights follows the outrageous activities of a penniless scoundrel and religious pretender. Invited to live in his benefactor's house, he wreaks havoc among family members by breaking off the daughter's engagement, attempting to seduce his hostess, and resorting to bl ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 24th 2000 by Dover Publications (first published 1664)
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Riku Sayuj
Mocking the Heavens

As I read this I was reminded most often of the god-men of India: of their scandals, of their dedicated followers who are so willingly duped, and of the politicians who pretend to be devoted for their own purposes.

I can only imagine what parallel suggestion would have been easily engendered in the French minds as they sat through this devastating play.

It is no surprise that there was such outage. It is no surprise that it was banned for so long. The device Moliere employs is t
When I read this play for the first time, I had a strange feeling that I'd seen it somewhere before. Cretinous Orgon can't understand what's obvious to the audience and everyone else in the play, namely that the slimy cleric Tartuffe is not only trying to ruin him, but also to get into his wife's pants. He seems to have neatly engineered his own downfall when - hey presto! - a deus ex machina saves the day. It's very funny.

After a little thought, I realized that this is the basic structure of se
As a Christian myself, I read Tartuffe with close precision. Taking apart each verse, I tried to figure out if the play was really an attack on Christianity and my faith. However, after close examination of the play, I found that the play doesn’t really try to attack the Christian faith. Rather, it tries extremely hard to avoid such an attack, and instead simply targets the hypocrites in the Church at the time.

Many parts of the play show the respect that Moliere had for religion. An example o
3 1/2

I don't know why I'm weirded out that I enjoyed this one.
Nov 19, 2009 miaaa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: ninus
I'm asking myself, and keep looking at the introduction, 'was this book really published in 17th century?' I'm practically astounded and enjoy every bits of it.

Pathetic people always amuse me. I'd rather have a personal conversation with my God than showing off to other people that I go to church on regular basis. Dude I know some people who go to church to find a hubby/wife/bf/gf!


Hanya bisa bilang, Tartuffe hebat! Setiap orang harusnya tidak setengah-setengah dalam melakukan apapun. Jika kau
Nicholas Armstrong
I thought this was rather good. I think my issue, as it is with most plays, is that it wasn't meant to be read. The reactions, the slapstick antics of Dorine and Orgon, these were all meant to be performed and witnessed to highten their humor. As it is, the dialogue is amusing, and much of the humor can still seep through, but I know that where I was smirking with the text I would probably be laughing at the play.

Outside of that, I think if it was a play I was watching I would love it. To commit
Tartuffe was banned from public performance for several years because of the Catholic church--the Archbishop of Paris declared that anyone who saw, performed in, or even read the play would be excommunicated. Apparently he was upset about the false piety of the title character. For me though, the work is more of a scathing critique of a family patriarch who leads his family to misery and disaster because of his blind allegiance to such a figure (an even bigger dig at the church?). But the real s ...more
Ah, Tartuffe! Proof that adoration towards a human being is wrong.

Orgon invites Tartuffe into his home, promptly giving him all of his time and devotion, as well as his young daughter's hand in marriage. His family thinks Tartuffe is using him. Can Orgon see reason before it's too late?

Even though I was expecting some sort of coup, Molière surprised me with the outcome. Funny with great rhymes and quotes, Tartuffe just became one of my favorite comedies.
David Sarkies
Isn't it interesting that there are some sectors of society that get really upset if you poke fun at them, or criticise them in anway. Normally this happens because these particular people are well aware that what they are doing is wrong, and that they are simply playing on people's stupidity to get away with the frauds that they are conducting. Much of these offence that is generated is not so much offence at the fun, but rather that what the person is doing is ripping the veil off of their fr ...more

Any book or play that starts with a grandmother reading the hell out of her entire family - well, sign me up.


The body of the text? Well, it's twisted, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. The maid was - well, spicy as f***


Final thoughts?

A hilarious comedy about the early, french Con-Man, holds with such poetics the flaws of man and his blind adoration and faith in religion. Religion, although popular during this time (1660s), is being criticized in that one could not blindly believe in a preacher preaching, so one must tread carefully in lying faith.

Although the ending felt tacked on, it served for two meanings for me. One that faith in the King could be blindly assured; and the irony of allowing yourself to do so in the forme
Surprisingly really good--

I acted in a Molière play (in French) back in college as Argan from La malade imaginaire, albeit in a few famous scenes, and have seen, with my limited French, scenes from Tartuffe that advanced French students played. But dammit, I didn't know how good and funny Molière is until I read this. His comic sensibility is impeccable, with keen observations about human foibles that echo across centuries and are still very much applicable today: the exaggerated way Mariane and
Molière tackles in this work religious hypocrisy and does so in a manner that is superior to (but as controversial as) Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry. But as daring as Molière's classic work may have been in the 1660s and as controversial as it may still be today, the playwright's fault (in my eyes) is his glowing admiration for the monarchy. Much like the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, one can't help but wonder how much more radical would have been his writing if not so constrained by ...more
(my translation is by Morris Bishop)

At first glance a relatively easy play to categorize simply as farce, further reflection on Molière’s Tartuffe raises vexing questions. The story is simple. A religious zealot, Tartuffe, is rescued from poverty by Orton and brought to live in his benefactor’s home where his strict moral attitudes raise havoc with the rest of the family. Eventually Tartuffe makes the mistake of wooing Orton’s wife, Elmire, is kicked out of the house (but only after Orton has su
Ana Mardoll
Tartuffe / 0-151-00281-9

With scathing satire, gorgeous poetry, clever word choice, and a beautiful English translation, Tartuffe viciously attacks religious hypocrites who posture and preen in public and the dupes who are foolish enough to believe that holiness can only be measured by the outward show of morality. Moliere utilizes the sharp-witted servant girl motif to provide a cutting Greek chorus and to propel the action in a way that the obedient daughter stereotype cannot. In the end, hypoc
Karen Michele
I listened to a full cast audio version of Tartuffe and I was impressed and frequently laughing out loud. The actors/readers were so good at expressing what could have been sing-song poetry in a way that kept the story flowing right along that it took me a while to realize it all rhymed. I can see how the religious controversy surrounding the book could arise in the time period in which it was written, but it was pretty mild by today’s standards. The banter between the daughter and her “real boy ...more
Lit Bug
Moliere is the best-known writer of French comic satires, and this play was written in 1664, in French. French comedy abounds in wit and satire garbed in comedy full of puns among other literary devices.

Owing to the merciless satire on orthodox religion, it was banned for five years. English Restoration comedies of classic authors such as Congreve and Wycherley are a direct result of the French influence.

The French (original) version is far richer in allusiveness than the English one. Would rate
It is really interesting to read this in translation - the version I read was cleverly done to retain the rhyming verse, but I do suspect it has lost something not reading it in the original French. I wish I knew the language well enough to be able to appreciate it in French, but the humour and satire comes through just as well.
Some good comedy early on, but this is ruined by the deus ex machina ending and the seemingly countless hoops Moliere jumps through to establish that he is no enemy of true religion. The poetry, in translation anyway, is often quite elegant, very stately and formal. Moliere builds suspense by talk about Tartuffe for Acts I and II, before even showing us Tartuffe in Act III. We don't get to see very much of Tartuffe's con-man act, though we are told much about it in exposition. As soon as he arri ...more
Ahmed Azimov
عظمة موليير تكمن في شعبويته، في تواصله مع الجمهور، في سعيه الى قيمة أخلاقية حداثية لمجتمعه كما جين أوستن.

ربما قيمة نصوصه أدبيا لاتوازي تلك العظمة.
Sep 29, 2008 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Caleb Hill
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i liked this play a lot... a bit slow at the beginning, but the plot and writing were great. it was so witty and funny, i laughed out loud a lot ;)
Tartüf genel olarak kendisini iyilik abidesi bir dindar olarak Orgon'a inandırmış düzenbaz Tartüf ve onun foyalarını meydana çıkarmaya çalışan Orgon'un aile bireylerinin hikâyesini anlatıyor. Bu esnada bu kadar da olmaz dedirten, eğlenceli şeyleri okuyor, din kılıfı altında ne tür düzenbazlıkların yapılabildiğini de görüyorsunuz.

Tartüf, Moliere'in okuduğum dördüncü eseri. İnsandan Kaçan dışında, Tartüf de okumuş olduğum Don Juan ve Cimri ile aşağı yukarı benzer bir anlatıma sahip diyebilirim. M
'Guardad, Lorenzo, mi disciplina y cilicio y orad porque el Cielo os ilumine siempre. Decid, si alguien me busca, que he ido a repartir limosnas entre los presos'.

Tenía ganas de leerme esta obra, desde que vi hace años la película Tartüff (1925) de Murnau, una joyita del cine mudo, con el actor expresionista Emil Jannings interpretando al beato lujurioso; imposible imaginar ya de otro modo a Tartufo que con esa cara de trasgo. La obra original, de Molière, de 1664, es una comedia a nuestros ojos
How disappointing! I really liked this play when I first read it way back in middle school. It was my first exposure to Molière, and I remembered being so impressed with his work. I am still impressed with Molière, but not so much with Tartuffe.

I guess when I was young Tartuffe was so different from the usual plays that you have to read in school. It wasn't Our Town, or Death of a Salesman (both of which I can't stand), it wasn't the ancient Antigone or Oedipus Rex, it wasn't William Shakespear
Kate  Van Rompaey
This is a really funny play and I found it very enjoyable. It is easy to read and understand and if you are into comedy, I highly recommend reading it.

The play is about a family that allows a man named Tartuffe to live with them. Orgon (the father) allows Tartuffe to stay because he believes that Tartuffe is a wonderful person with so much charity when in reality he is nothing more than a hypocrite. Orgon promises Tartuffe that he can marry his daughter Marianne. Even though Marianne is in love
تارتوف یا شیاد، یکی از مشهورترین کمدی های مولیر است. اورگون و مادرش تحت نفوذ تارتوف اند. او حقه بازی ست که در هیات زاهدی مدعی ست با دستگاه خداوندی و کلیسا ارتباط دارد. اورگون و مادرش کاری بدون اجازه ی تارتوف انجام نمی دهند. خانواده اورگون تلاش می کنند تا او و مادرش را از دام تارتوف برهانند. اما اورگون اعلام می کند که قصد دارد دخترش ماریانه را که نامزد جوانی به نام والر است، به تارتوف بدهد. خانواده برای افشای تارتوف نقشه ای می چینند و در پنهان شاهد صحنه ای می شوند که تارتوف به المیره همسر اورگون، ...more
Less than two weeks ago I attended a lecture on "Why Comedy is No Laughing Matter". The lecture tilted toward serious literature that includes humor and comedy as an important aspect. On Sunday past I attended a performance of a classic comedy that has serious ideas as an important aspect. As with all his plays, Moliere's Tartuffe is a comedy of ideas wherein the author uses humor, ridicules stereotypical, yet recognizable types to make a serious statement about his world. In the case of Tartuff ...more
This clever comedy was written in the mid-17th c. during the early stages of the Enlightenment. Moliere employs classic comic devices of plot and character in a way that comments on his own immediate social scene. During the Enlightenment, social status was the root of an individual's worth. Moliere creates a character, Tartuffe, who outwardly shows piety, but is truly just a religious hypocrite and a cheat. He attempts to gain social status and worth through an insidious plan to take over a hou ...more
This play has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent comedy, drawing heavily from the style of classical Roman comedy to help develop a new French Baroque style. I read this in the Norton Anthology of Drama, and the translation was well written and definitely performable, keeping the rhyming couplets but dropping the French alexandrine lines down to pentameter lines, which is more natural for English speakers.
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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name, Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope, (The Misanthrope), L'Ecole des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou l'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare ou l'École du mensonge (The Miser), Le Malade ...more
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