Tartuffe Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What reasons does Madame Pernelle give Elmire for leaving the house at the beginning of Act 1?

Just before Madame Pernelle leaves the house at the beginning of Act 1, she tells Elmire that she is leaving because she does not agree with the activities that take place in the home; as well as insulting her grandchildren, Elmire's extravagant taste, and Elmire's brother Cleante.

2. Describe how Madame Pernelle takes defense of Tartuffe at the beginning of Act 1.

At the beginning of Act 1, Madame Pernelle takes the defense of Tartuffe stating that she praises his piety and his good deeds and tells her family members that they should follow his example to live a holy life void of sin.

3. In what way does Dorine say Tartuffe has changed since he came to their house?

Dorine tells Madame Pernelle that when Tartuffe originally came to their house he was poor and without shoes, but that now he dresses and acts as if he were the master of the house.

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