An Analysis of Moliere’s Orgon
Addresses the question of whether Orgon is a Tartuffified homosexual?
“Tartuffe tries to seduce Orgon’s wife, Elmire, and Orgon wants Tartuffe to marry his daughter, Mariane. These desires premise heterosexual love, but one could also argue that they portend that the men unconsciously would like to have sex with each other by proxy. Dorine has conditioned us to think of them as sensualists, in spite of their speeches about religion and piety. The overt heterosexuality of a seduction and a marriage may be a mask for latent homosexual desire. If Tartuffe sleeps with Orgon’s wife, he partakes, sexually, of the same experience that Orgon has had.”