Tartuffe and Trifles Plays
There are three discussion posts from fellow classmates below. I need thoughtful and intellectual replies to each post. Each reply should be a short paragraph of 4-6 sentences and can include insightful questions posed to the student being replied to. Sources are not necessary but if used do cite.
The document returned to me should identify Post: XX XX with the respective response.
Identify and post, the character (one from each play, “Tartuffe” and “Trifles”), the character who undergoes the biggest change/transformation from the beginning of the play to the end. Identify the character and explain why.
Post #1: DO CO
The character who undergoes the biggest change/transformation in “Tartuffe” from the beginning of the play to the end is Orgon. Orgon is the husband of Elmire and the father of Damis and Mariane. Orgon has been completely duped by the religious hypocrite Tartuffe and taken in by Tartuffe’s overt displays of religious piety. He takes pity on the apparently destitute man and allows him to live in his household. Tartuffe even goes so far as to break a pledge to give his daughter in marriage to her sweetheart Valère and instead determines she will be wed to Tartuffe. Tartuffe meanwhile is attempting to seduce Orgon’s wife Elmire. Tartuffe even manages to manipulate Orgon into disowning his son Damis and signing over everything he owns. Everyone else in the play see through the deception of Tartuffe and recognizes him for the hypocrite and scoundrel that he is. Only Orgon and Madame Pernelle, his mother, are blinded to the obvious. Orgon finally comes to his senses and realizes his grave mistake when his wife hides him under a table and he is privy to a conversation between Elmire and Tartuffe where it is obvious that Tartuffe is putting the moves on his wife. Clearly feeling foolish Orgon tries to save face, “I’ve long suspected you, and had a feeling that soon I’d catch you at your double-dealing. Just now you’ve given me evidence galore; It’s quite enough; I have no wish for more” (“Tartuffe”, 2008, p. 210). Orgon’s character goes from the extreme of being oblivious to the hypocrisy of Tartuffe to claiming he saw it all along to stating: “Enough, by God! I’m through with pious men: Henceforth I’ll hate the whole false brotherhood, and persecute them worse than Satan could” (“Tartuffe”, 2008, p. 211). Orgon’s brother-in-law, Cléante, even asks why he can’t be rational rather than going to extremes?
The character who undergoes the biggest change/transformation in “Trifles” from the beginning of the one act play to the end is the Sheriff’s wife Mrs. Peters. At the beginning of the play, Mrs. Peters defends the men and upholds the law with comments like: “Of course it’s no more than their duty” (Glaspell, 2014, p. 242) and “But, Mrs. Hale, the law is the law” (Glaspell, 2014, p. 244). As she comes to the realization that Mrs. Wright was leading a miserable existence and apparently hung her husband, we see her identifying with the woman and wavering in her conviction. “We don’t know who killed him. We don’t know” (Glaspell, 2014, p. 248). “I know what stillness is. [Pulling herself back.] The law has got to punish crime, Mrs. Hale” (Glaspell, 2014, p. 248). In the final moments of the play, she defies the law and conspires with Mrs. Hale to hide the evidence of the canary with the wrung neck. “…A moment Mrs. Hales holds her, then her own eyes point the way to where the box is concealed. Suddenly Mrs. Peters throws back quilt pieces and tries to put the box in the bag she is wearing. It is too big. She opens box, starts to take the bird out, cannot touch it, goes to pieces, stands there helpless. …Mrs. Hale snatches the box and puts it in the pocket of her big coat” (Glaspell, 2014, p. 250). She goes from defending the actions of the men and upholding the law to defying the men and thwarting the law.
Post: #2 AS RE
I enjoyed reading both of these plays. I feel that the character that went through the most change in “Tartuffe” was Orgon as he was blindsided by Tartuffe along with his mother, Madame Pernelle. Orgon believed Tartuffe was a holy man and wanted his daughter (Mariane) to marry him so that he would be the sole heir. After Orgon was begged by his wife to hide so that she could expose Tartuffe, he overheard Tartuffe professing his love to his wife and him shaming him. Orgon then was infuriated and then understood why everyone else thought Tartuffe was a hypocrite and had a change of heart. He then demanded Tartuffe to leave but Tartuffe reminded him that he now was the owner of Orgon’s property and they must leave instead. Thankfully the king seen the game Tartuffe was trying to play and restored all of the property back to Orgon.
The character in the play “Trifles” that went through the most change was Mrs. Peters as she was the Sherriff’s wife and must follow the legal system that her husband is upheld and employed by. She went into the Wrights house with the direction from her husband with the intention of bringing some items back Mrs. Wright who was being held in jail. But, after reminiscing with Mrs. Hale on the Wright’s rocky marriage and finding the bird strangled just as Mr. Wright was, in Mrs. Wrights sewing basket, Mrs. Peters decided to not tell her husband and keep it a secret to protect Mrs. Wright and allow her the life she deserved without punishment as she felt her marriage was punishment enough.
Post: #3 VE SC
The Character that changed the most from the beginning of Tartuffe to the end was Orgon. Orgon believes that Tartuffe is leading them on the pathway to heaven. Orgon turned on his own son, because he believed in Tartuffe. Once he was shown the truth about Tartuffe his attitude changed, because he realized the truth about Tartuffe.
In the play Trifles, I wouldn’t say the County Attorney was the most changed in this play. He did make a very important statement in the play. Because women were only thought of as housekeepers or someone to clean the house in this period. It was stated that women are used to worrying over trifles. Meaning women worry over petty things.
Mr. Henderson stated for all their worries, what would we do without the ladies? I didn’t see much of a change in his character from the beginning of the play to the end. He realized the women were important and no matter how petty they may be they are needed.