Context


French playwright Moliere’s previous play, The School of Wives, had received its fair share of controversy. The storm surrounding Tartuffe, however, made The School of Wives controversy look tame by comparison. The first version of Tartuffe was presented in three acts at Versailles in 1664. While King Louis XIV enjoyed Tartuffe, the play enraged multiple religious organizations. They saw it as an affront on religion, itself. While Moliere wrote

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