Discussion Questions 11 — Tartuffe; Romanticism: Heine, Leopardi, Hugo


  1. Is Tartuffe in fact anti-religious, or does it only attack corruptions of religion?

Tartuffe, the impostor, is not anti-religious. Tartuffe is an extreme hypocrite and shows corruption of religion at its finest. He used religion and faith in god to get what he wanted and to manipulate Orgon. Orgon was a believer of blind faith, just because Tartuffe ACTED like a saint he immediately thought he was sent from heaven. While Tartuffe was running around Orgon back trying to seduce his wife. Orgon was going to have him be married to his daughter. Before Orgon caught the scoundrel in the act by hiding out on a conversation between Tartuffe and his wife, he actually signed away his estate to Tartuffe. Luckily, for Orgon and his family the King had their back and knew what Tartuffe was up too. I found this a very interesting read as well. It is sad how corrupt religion can be and how easily people are to believe things. The sad conclusion of it all is this still continues to happen in religions today.

  1. In what respects is Hugo’s Satan a heroic figure? How does Hugo’s account differ from Dante’s?

I can’t say I would consider Hugo’s Satan a hero. Though he does fall on a few categories of the Hero’s journey such as, being forced out on a quest, refusing the call, to transforming and accepting his situation that he had brought upon himself by being disobedient. Hugo’s account differs from Dante by which how the stories are told. Hugo describes how Satan well became Satan. And Dante pretty much takes us threw a journey of the depths of hell. In Hugo’s story Satan is explained to be a more human like figure. While in Dante’s he a farfetched beastly figure.

  1. Discuss and compare the images in any two poems assigned for this week.

A Pine is standing lonely vs The Infinite

In both poems we are described places where there is no sounds just the noise of nature, a perfect place to dream and wonder. But to also seek what is far beyond the sunburnt rocky strand and the sea. Both poems we are described a certain amount of loneliness where one is seeking more out of life it seems.


One thought on “Discussion Questions 11 — Tartuffe; Romanticism: Heine, Leopardi, Hugo

  1. jtodd

    I agree with your statement that both poems are about seeking more out of life. They both seem to show a longing to escape their present life and venture out. Both poems also seem to speak of loneliness.

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