Was Tartuffe a priest?
Tartuffe is not a priest, but clearly is associated with Catholicism, which was the dominant religion in Europe at the time, the dominant religion in France, and a political force that bolstered the power of the French crown at the time as well.
How does Tartuffe seduce Elmire?
Tartuffe uses a religious argument as his first trick in his attempt to seduce Elmire. He flatters Elmire by telling her that her beauty is a work of God. He states that it would be a sin not to pine after someone as beautiful as Elmire.
What is the story of Tartuffe?
Tartuffe is a sanctimonious scoundrel who, professing extreme piety, is taken into the household of Orgon, a wealthy man. Under the guise of ministering to the family’s spiritual and moral needs, he almost destroys Orgon’s family. Elmire, Orgon’s wife, sees through Tartuffe’s wicked hypocrisy and exposes him.