When a character in the play Tartuffe talks about seeing, they aren’t talking about actually seeing, but understanding or believing. The problem in the story concerned with not seeing, which is what starts this sequence of events. Orgon refuses to see the fact that Tartuffe is a hypocrite and won’t believe it until he sees it with his own eyes near the end of the play. To see how dedicated to Orgon is to Tartuffe, just look at page 319. When Domine is telling him about the sickness his wife had, Orgon’s only concern is Tartuffe, who was doing very well. The first mention of ‘seeing’ is on page 315, everyone except Madame Pernelle realizes that Tartuffe is a hypocrite.
Even though Marine, Elmire, Cleante, and Damis tell her that he is a fraud, Pernelle defends Tartuffe and criticises them. You see him as a saint. I’m far less awed; In fact I see right through him. He’s a fraud.
Page 321 is a conversation between Cleante and Orgon in which Cleante accuses Orgon of defending Tartuffe and saying that anyone who disagrees is in want of reverence. Which I believe means that he thinks that the accusers think that they are better than Tartuffe. Are you so dazed by this man’s hocus-pocus That all the world, save him is out of focus? … Being blind you’d have all others blind as well… And he who sees through humbug and pretence Is charged, by you, of want of reverence Scene 3 begining on page 336 Tartuffe’s facade is nearly ruined when he doesn’t realize Damis is hiding in the closet while he is confessing his love for Elmire. But lucky for Tartuffe, Orgon doesn’t believe Damis and instead of just yelling at him, Orgon revokes Damis’ birthright and gives it to Tartuffe.
Images In Tartuffe, Orgon illustrates what happens when we allow society's image of our lives to dictate our own self-image. In the 1600's a society existed in which social conventions held individuals more responsible for their public images than for their private lives. Individuals were deemed worthy or unworthy by the image they projected in their public lives. Orgon had shown himself to be ...
Orgon doesn’t find out about Tartuffe’s intentions until he hides himself listen in on the conversation between Tartuffe and Elmire. Later, when Madame Pernelle returns, Orgon tries to tell her about Tartuffe but she won’t believe it. You ” re Talking nonsense. Can’t you realize I saw it; saw it; saw it with my eyes? Saw it do you understand me? Must I shout it into your ears before you ” ll understand me? Orgon’s speech is kind of ironic since no matter how much his family told him he still wouldn’t believe in Tartuffe’s hypocrisy. In the end, good prevails, and everything is as it should be. The importance of seeing in Tartuffe is that it is what set everything into motion..