I don’t believe Orgon learned his lesson. The King swooped in to save the day without giving Orgon the chance to fix it on his own. I think that we all need the opportunity to make things right, because we are not going to be miraculously saved every time. At the very end of the play Orgon says, “Well said: let’s go at once and, gladly kneeling, /Express the gratitude which all are feeling. /Then, when that first great duty has been done, /We’ll turn with pleasure to a second one” (155). And that is all he says about what the King has done for him and his family. If Orgon had learned from this, I believe his final speech would have expressed that. He would have apologized to his family for being so blind. He would have thanked the King in depth. He would have perhaps even thanked God. There needed to be more to the conclusion of the play for me to know that Orgon learned from his mistakes. —Kelsey Mittleider
Work Cited Moliere, Poquelin, Jean-Baptiste. Tartuffe. The Norton Anthology of World Literature: Shorter Second Edition. Volume 2. Ed. Peter Simon, et al. Trns. Richard Wilbur. Norton, New York: 2009. Print.
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