Moliére's play Tartuffe gives us many examples of Dorine's logical intelligence and wit.Throughout the play, she is able to use these traits in order to transcend the class restrictions enforced upon her by those of a higher socio-economic status.However good her intentions and thoughts be, Dorine's socio-economic status often prevents her from influencing those of a higher status in the play.
>From the very beginning of the play, Moliére shows us how Dorine's lower class could get in the way of others listening to her.Dorine's premier appearance in the play consisted merely of one syllable.She was interrupted by Madame Pernelle, who told her that she talks too much and is "far too saucy for a lady's maid"(21).Right from the start, we see that the upper class (represented here by Madame Pernelle) ignores Dorine.Within the same act, Dorine gives her blunt opinion of Tartuffe and his piety.Madam Pernelle replies to these intelligent and courageous observations by calling them "Nonsense"(22) and "Rubbish"(22). Madam Pernelle is avoiding and ignoring any comment made by her granddaughter's maid, and never speaks directly to her.After a fifteen-line speech by Dorine defending with cold logic the bad talk about the household, Madame Pernelle answers by saying that "All this is quite irrelevant"(23).Immediately following this, Dorine once again prove!
s her worth to the audience by intelligently (and crudely) explaining the reasons why others would spread rumors about Elmire, the lady of the house.Instead of giving her rebuttal to the maid, Madam Pernelle responds to Elmire instead of Dorine.This response also includes an insult for Dorine, which is also not directed towards her, but rather towards Elmire- a member of the social elite.Madam Pernelle then goes on to take her frustration towards Dorine by slapping and…


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