Tartuffe Morals And Ethics Essay Research Paper

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Tartuffe: Morals And Ethics Essay, Research Paper Tartuffe: Morals and Ethics From the moment of our conception, who we are and how we will one day believe and behave is completely laid out for us. Truly our upbringing and everyday environment play a role in who we are and how we present ourselves but, the reality is, we are who we are meant to be. We each serve a very specific purpose in life. Granted some of us are blessed with a more dignified role, and others, well, were not as lucky in the casting department. However, within those of us who were graciously bestowed a sense of morality, lies a specific amount of morals, or ethics. The question of course, is how much and why, why do we believe as we do. Well, I’ll tell you why….we were born that way. From birth we were

meant to be a certain way. We were meant to follow a certain believe, that’s what makes us who we are. For example, in Moliere’s Tartuffe, Tartuffe acted in the name of every ethical belief imaginable, yet lived by not one of them. Tartuffe was without a doubt a man of nonexistent morality. Which better proves my point, “people are born with morals.” Just as some people are born to be leaders, people are also born to live as honest ethical human beings. Of course in the case of morality, ethical stability comes in various levels. All who hold the ability to live as principled individuals maintain a certain amount of moral dignity. Despite how much or how little your ethical reasoning stretches, it’s still there, and will always be there. Tartuffe was an odious hypocrite

whose apparent piety ingratiated him with the credulous Orgon and his mother Mme. Both Orgon and his mother believed that Tartuffe’s pious example of immaculate ethics would be good for the remaining members of the family. But everyone else in the family, including the outspoken servant Dorine, was perceptive enough to see right through the impostor. Right from the get go, Tartuffe’s overwhelming misconception of ethical truth is completely avoidable. Tartuffe promoted the lifestyle of an everyday noun. But, he lived the lifestyle of a blatant hypocrite. Regardless of the amount of agony he imposed, he was still able to disregard every ethical rule. He saw what he wanted and went after it full force, despite all consequences. The man obviously lacked any sort of morality. I

believe he acted this way because of whom he was inside. Tartuffe was a very intelligent man. He devised many plans and conjured up numerous fabrications to implement each of his schemes. Now, any man or woman who had the slightest amount of moral integrity would surely feel some remorse. Tartuffe on the other hand didn’t. He executed each of his plans without the slightest amount of compunction. Now ask yourself this, why didn’t he ever repent any of his sins? Well, because he was born lacking the “morality gene.” Just as people are born without a mean bone in their body Tartuffe was born lacking any sense of ethical understanding. “How dare you even hinder or annoy, When I’ve the means to ruin and destroy. You should have thought before my toes you trod. Attacking

me, you set yourself ‘gainst God.” Tartuffe being the fraudulent monster that he is stated the previous quote. During the whole of the play Tartuffe bounced back and forth between the word of the lord and blatant hypocrisy. The previous quote justifies his unstable perception of right and wrong. “…this house belongs to me, I’ll have you know, And I shall show you that you can’t hurt me By this contemptible conspiracy, That those who cross me know not what they do, And that I’ve means to expose and punish you, Avenge offended Heaven, and make you grieve That ever you dared order me to leave.” Ironically enough even after being exposed for fraud he reverts to his religious asceticism using references to “offending heaven.” He also makes a brief biblical