Tarfuffe written by Jean-Baptise Moliere is an example of a neo-classical drama. Moliere use of staging techniques, characterization, and form are extremely good. He actually did such a good job that it was originally banned by the church. This comedy incorporated almost every aspect of life in the 1600?s.
The staging techniques used by Moliere, play a major part in the dramatic effect of the story. The two major methods used are, waiting to introduce the main character until the later in the story and minimizing character backgrounds. By not introducing Tartuffe until the third act we are kept in suspense, while using our imagination to draw his character. I feel that Moliere does this to show how people of his society, as well as our on, were making assumptions of each other. The limited character background given also serves as a source of trepidation. Unlike other stories, were the author immediately tells the characters roll in the story, Moliere forces us to wait to find out their true nature.
The characterization that Moliere uses was fairly minimal. He never goes into lengthy descriptions of the characters; instead we are given simple
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