Dorine the Maid


World Literature


T&R 11:00-12:20


In Tartuffe, a comedy in five acts, Moliere relates the story of an attempt, by an irreclaimable hypocrite, to destroy the domestic happiness of a citizen who, charmed by his seeming piety. The whole plot of the play revolves around the hypocrite, who is simply pretending to be a holy man, who has fooled Orgon and his mother, but not the rest of the family. He also failed in fooling in Dorine the maid of Orgons daughter. My paper is characterizing Dorine (the maid), part in the play, my opinions of her and comparison between Dorine and myself.


Dorine is a stock character found in many of Moliere’s comedies and, in fact, has become a type found in comedies of all periods (www.bard.org). She wears a pale blue dress and uplift bra, but she’s however; clever, loyal. Amazingly outspoken, and clearly has her heart and her good sense on the right side, protection the rights of women and of the young (www.novaonline.nvcc.edu). She is the wise servant who sees through all pretense, always has some sort of opinion or criticism, and while being the inferior in terms of social position, she is the superior in any contest of wits (www.bard.org). Even though she is a mere maid, she has a great deal of common sense. She is the reason that Mariane and Velere don’t break up half way through the play. While she may not be as calm as Elmire or Cleante, she is by no means any less clever (www.thejammer.net). Tartuffe also presented the refreshing performance of a self-actualized, outspoken, strong female role, rarely seen in an era of such extreme sexist ideals. In a time when women were revered as brainless incubators, Dorine provided feminine insight, intuition, and the raw sensibility of a woman from much later times, voice only after centuries of struggles for equality in make-dominant society (www.alwayswrite.net).


In my opinion, Dorine is very outspoken, but in a good way. If it wasn’t for her attempt to prove that Tartuffe was a hypocrite to Madame Pernelle, she would have been trick also by Tartuffe. However, she failed to convince Madame Pernelle of Tartuffe’s hypocrisy because she was very set in her beliefs and had seen no evidence to prove her thoughts otherwise. It was because Madame Pernelle believed that Tartuffe hated sin and was only trying to save souls from eternal damnation (www.gotpandesal.com). So I wasn’t surprised when she had to bite her tongue at the end of the play. Dorine did, however; needed to bite her tongue at times. There was a time when I thought she should shut-up before she got in trouble. Like the time when Organ told her he would slap her. I got real nerves for her when she spoke out again after he said that.


The comparison between Dorine and me are some what similar. Sometimes I like to think that I am a little out spoken at times as while. Although, I would never speak of place to my boss, supervisor, and the person would feeds me. I will on the other hand speak my peace. Just like Dorine I wouldn’t let a hypocrite steal my family/employers wealth or would I let a hypocrite take there kindness to hurt them. Although she worked for them, she also saw them as a fiends and family members. And like most friends and family she watched out for them. Just like everyone easy in the world would do for his/her family and friends. I also compared Dorine to me but her ability to catch a fake. I to can see though people and the games they play. I to believe that Dorine, Elmire, Cleante, Mariane and myself, has that talent to see though people who like to take advantage of sweet kind people.


All in all the play of Tartuffe really inspired me to read more and to be glad that I lived in the 20th century. This play taught me that although this world could be a better place, it’s still better then before. What Dorine did to help her family to courage and courage is what she had. I don’t think that I would have had the courage Dorine in her