Taruffe By Jean-Baptiste Poquelin

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, Tartuffe, 1664, Versailles

Tartuffe was a comedy made by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. His stage name was Moliere. He died in 1673. Nine years after his play had fist been staged. The first time it was staged was at Versailles in 1664.

There are tons of props in this play. The first scene of this clip has a table with a tablecloth with feathers covering the bottom of it. Then the board that is behind them above it is covered with feathers also. They are wearing very classy clothing. They look like they are in royalty or of high-class families.

Tartuffe is comedy play. I think they show the comedy by how they speak, their actions, and their facial expressions. I believe they show comedy by their actions. One example was when the man is touching her in places that are may not be normally touched in public or by man who you are not married to. He touches her leg and she moves his hand saying, “Oh what can your hand be doing there”.  Another part is when he is putting his hands on her shoulders she acts as if she is uncomfortable but also enjoying it. It seems as if it is not common in their culture for the men to touch them in that sort of way. You could tell by her actions of her moving away from him as if she knows he shouldn’t do that but also having a giant smile on her face to show that she also enjoyed it.  I think this also made it comical. This is something that everybody can relate to. There are always different times that women feel flattered and even ways that men also feel flattered but where you are also unsure of what to do. I believe that this is what was trying to be portrayed and what was to make it be comical.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartuffe

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