Molière and Voltaire

 

Read a short biography of Molière at the Discover France website.
If link does not open, copy/paste URL in a new window: http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Theatre/Moliere/moliere.shtml


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Read a history of the play Tartuffe at Theatre History.com.
If link does not open, copy/paste URL in a new window: http://www.theatrehistory.com/french/tartuffe001.html

 

Moliere

Writing Prompt:  For your new discussion post, write a short essay of at least 300 words discussing the issue of power in the family. During Molière’s day, the father has a lot of power over his family. Discuss the issue of Orgon’s power in Tartuffe. Explain the kind(s) of power he has and show how well and/or poorly he exercises it. Keep in mind that this new thread is a Gordon Rule assignment, meaning that the quality of your writing as well as the length will be considered during the evaluation/grading process. Then, reply to at least 3 of your classmates to get full credit for this assignment. Replies can be 30-40 words.

 

 

Voltaire

 

Writing Prompt:  Choose one of the following discussion questions:

    • Discuss the role of humor in Voltaire’s Candide. Choose a funny scene, explain what happens, and interpret what Voltaire is trying to accomplish by using humor in the scene.
    • In the last sentence in Chapter 30 of Voltaire’s Candide, Candide says, “Excellently observed, . . . but let us cultivate our garden” (73). There are really two gardens here. First, there’s the literal garden that Candide and his companions cultivate to grow some of their own food. However, there is also a figurative garden. In other words, that vegetable garden is both a vegetable garden and something else that needs to be cultivated, a second meaning that Voltaire does not explain. Judging by what Voltaire says about the characters at the end of the novella, explain what you think the figurative meaning of the garden is.

For your new discussion post, write a short essay of at least 300 words answering the discussion question you chose. Keep in mind that this new post is a Gordon Rule assignment, meaning that the quality of your writing as well as the length will be considered during the evaluation/grading process. Then, reply to at least 3 of your classmates to get full credit for this assignment. Replies can be 30-40 words.

 

 

 

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