Gullibility What was really wrong about Orgon is

Gullibility in Tartuffe Tartuffe is a play written by Molière, that was written to focus on a flaw that many humans seem to carry, which is gullibility. Gullibility is the act of being easily deceived or tricked. Molière portrays this flaw by using Orgon and Madame Pernelle as the characters whose weakness is gullibility. These two characters are the only ones blinded by Tartuffe who seems to do no harm or is looked as perfect in their eyes. Tartuffe accomplishes to deceive them by hypocrisy, specifically, religious hypocrisy. Tartuffe claims to be an extremely holy, trustworthy and valuable person, which can almost be believed by the way his character includes much sarcasm. This play took place during the Enlightenment Period, a period where reason finally came in play. Now, knowing that not every answer came only from the church, but instead from one’s own mind as well, I do not see how Orgon and Madame Pernelle would not use their reason to stop getting deceived by Tartuffe’s sarcasm and his misuse of religion, being only for his personal gain. Due to Orgon failing to use reason, it led him down to near failure. He had so much trust in Tartuffe that he gave him all his inheritance, property, and almost gave his daughter to him to marry as well without really even knowing him. However, tables got turned at the end of the play and the police took Tartuffe. Even though Orgon and Madame Pernelle were completely wrong in believing everything Tartuffe claimed to be without knowing him, they cannot be blamed for because it is something that happens to almost everybody and I can personally relate to it. Looks can be very deceiving and people can sweet talk one into believing almost anything. For example, I was once in a relationship in which I thought would be the one. I had heard many positive comments about him, and he sure did look as if he was great and respectful. However, the more I would communicate and spend time with him, I realized how disrespectful he really was and how I did not want somebody like him in my life at all. He showed me the side of him that nobody knew. Just as in the play, Orgon and Madame Pernelle were the only characters that were not able to see the side of Tartuffe that everybody else was seeing.  What was really wrong about Orgon is that he decided to believe Tartuffe over anybody else, including his family. I see family as being one’s priority, and what one should most take care of. Family should never come second, and definitely should be trusted. To me, it was a shame how in the play Orgon did not believe his son, Damis, when Damis had personally heard all of Tartuffe’s intentions with his mother who he was trying to seduce. I have a friend, who once got kicked out her own home as well for trying to tell her mother the truth about her stepfather, and her mother not believing her, but instead believing the stepfather, which is truly depressing.Overall, reason and clear thinking must be enforced to everybody, to eliminate all the hypocrisy that this world contains and the flaw of gullibility that some people carry within themselves. Now, everybody has the freedom to speak upon anything, whereas in the Enlightenment Period, when not all women were able to give out their opinions, as it was shown in the play. Also, as Tartuffe’s sarcasm was able to deceive Orgon and Madame Pernelle, anybody else could do the same to us. People will find one’s weakness and take advantage of it, including blind trust. Personally, I definitely enjoyed the way Molière portrayed sarcasm in the play, specifically with the characters of Dorine and Tartuffe. The sarcasm made the play very entertaining and different from passed plays that I have read. Tartuffe has been one of my favorite plays without a doubt, and would highly recommend everybody who has yet, not read it.  


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