Who read Tartuffe help me please: How does Tartuffe use Jesuitical tactics

Last year in your study of Church History, you learned about the casuistry of the Jesuits. In Act IV, scene 5 of Moliere’s Tartuffe, Tartuffe tries to get Elmire to accede to his desires by arguing that “There is a science, lately formulated, / Whereby one’s conscience may be liberated, / And any wrongful act you care to mention / May be redeemed by purity of intention.” Relate the sophistry Moliere mocks in this scene to the argumentation techniques of the Jesuits (you might want to consult your Church History text). How does Tartuffe use Jesuitical tactics in the scene? How does Moliere effectively ridicule such forms of argument? Be specific.

Asked on 30.05.2017 in English Literature.
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