sometimes, he needs a little help from his friends. He is no simple or ignorant charlatan; instead, he is an alert and adept hypocrite who uses every means to bring about his success. Any guy who claims, "My mother, children, brother, and wife could die And I'd not feel a single moment's pain" has a serious screw loose as far as we're concerned (1.5.4). When Dorine tries to tell Orgon about Elmire's illness, all Orgon can say is, "Ah. In his obsession, Orgon is mentally deaf and blind. She is the wise servant who sees through all pretense, and, while being the inferior in terms of social position, she is the superior in any contest of wits. Clante, Orgons brother-in-law, tries, usually unsuccessfully, to get everyone to view things with calm and reason.
Yet, whereas Tartuffe is the obvious hypocrite and scoundrel, Orgon is a much more complex character. Many of Molieres plays were able to do this. In Tartuffe, we have the classic comic scenario of two lovers, Valere and Marianne, trying to get together but being thwarted. Moliere was excellent at using Romanticism themes. Beneath Tartuffe's infatuating spell. Now, it's easy enough to write Orgon off as an idiot, a dunce, a sucker, etc., but there is a little evidence that he has (or had) some brain cells. As Dorine tells Clante in Act 1, Scene 2, In the late troubles, he Orgon played an able part, And served his the Scientific Point of View of Genetic Engineering king with wise and loyal heart, But he's quite lost his senses since he fell. You could even see Orgon's foolishness as evidence of his basic goodness. It just so happens that the title character is the villain rather than the hero.