Tartuffe | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Myrna Kogan Zwillenberg

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Tartuffe.
This section contains 3,465 words
(approx. 12 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Myrna Kogan Zwillenberg

Critical Essay by Myrna Kogan Zwillenberg

SOURCE: “Dramatic Justice in Tartuffe,” in Modern Language Notes, Vol. 90, No. 4, April, 1975, pp. 583-90.

In the following essay, Zwillenberg explores Molière's use of justice in Tartuffe.

Few will quarrel with the judgment that Molière's Tartuffe is a masterpiece, yet those who agree on the excellence of the play frequently express hostility and confusion about the intervention of the King at the end. The King's justice, it is argued, may be thorough and effective, but it is so unexpected as to cast doubt upon the dramatic coherence of the entire comedy. Probably, Molière himself is responsible for this reaction, having resorted to a deus ex machina that appears to defy internal resolution. By relying on a device which introduces a new character...

(read more)

This section contains 3,465 words
(approx. 12 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Myrna Kogan Zwillenberg