Tartuffe

Mariane Character Analysis

The dutiful and docile daughter of Orgon, and stepdaughter of Elmire, Mariane is deeply in love with her betrothed. Valère. As the play opens, however, Orgon wishes to break their engagement and marry his daughter to Tartuffe instead. Although she hates Tartuffe and adores Valère, Mariane can do little to influence her fate, and it takes her stepmother’s plot in order to reunite Mariane with her beloved.

Mariane Quotes in Tartuffe

The Tartuffe quotes below are all either spoken by Mariane or refer to Mariane. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harvest Books edition of Tartuffe published in 1992.
Act 2, Scene 3 Quotes

Dorine: Faced with a fate so hideous and absurd,
Can you not utter one dissenting word?

Mariane: What good would it do? A father’s power is great.

Related Characters: Dorine (speaker), Mariane (speaker), Tartuffe, Orgon
Page Number: 52
Explanation and Analysis:

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Act 4, Scene 3 Quotes

Sir, by that Heaven which sees me here distressed,
And by whatever else can move your breast,
Do not employ a father’s power, I pray you,
To crush my heart and force it to obey you,
Nor by your harsh commands oppress me so
That I’ll begrudge the duty which I owe—
And do not so embitter and enslave me
That I shall hate the very life you gave me.

Related Characters: Mariane (speaker), Orgon
Page Number: 114
Explanation and Analysis:

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Mariane Character Timeline in Tartuffe

The timeline below shows where the character Mariane appears in Tartuffe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...finishing a visit with the rest of his family: his son and daughter, Damis and Mariane; their stepmother and Orgon’s second wife, Elmire; and Elmire’s brother, Cléante. (full context)
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...of the family for what she perceives as their sinful ways. She tells Damis and Mariane that they do not respect their father enough, and upbraids Elmire for entertaining too many... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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Elmire, Mariane, and Damis reenter, glad to be rid of Madame Pernelle, and anticipating the arrival of... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 5
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Cléante cautiously asks Orgon if he is indeed postponing his daughter Mariane’s marriage to her beloved, Valère. Orgon replies that he is considering doing so, but refuses... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
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Orgon finds his daughter Mariane and praises her for her obedience, though not before checking for eavesdroppers. Mariane is flattered... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
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...angered Orgon and begins to mock him, saying that she has heard evil gossip that Mariane is to be betrothed to Tartuffe. She states that her master would never do such... (full context)
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As Orgon attempts again and again to speak to Mariane, Dorine interrupts him at every turn. When she criticizes Tartuffe’s hypocrisy and low social status,... (full context)
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Dorine goes so far as to suggest that, should Mariane be forced to marry Tartuffe, she will not be faithful to him, asserting that Orgon... (full context)
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Orgon claims that he does not want to give Mariane to Valère because her betrothed does not go to church enough and gambles too much.... (full context)
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...interjects again and again, saying that she does so only because of her love for Mariane and Orgon. The master of the house grows increasingly angry, eventually threatening Dorine. When the... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
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Dorine scolds Mariane for her inability to stand up to Orgon. Mariane responds that a daughter must obey... (full context)
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As Dorine continues to question her, Mariane claims that she will kill herself if she must marry Tartuffe. The servant girl responds... (full context)
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Mariane begs Dorine to help her avoid marriage to Tartuffe, but the servant refuses. When Mariane... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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Valère enters, stunned and angry at the news that Mariane may be betrothed to Tartuffe. Ever submissive and docile, Mariane cannot tell her true beloved... (full context)
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After Mariane tells him to seek consolation in the arms of another rather than pining after her,... (full context)
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After a scene during which Dorine comically runs back and forth between Valère and Mariane in order to keep them from leaving the stage, the maid forcefully tells the lovers... (full context)
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Heartened by Dorine’s words, Valère and Mariane pledge their undying love to each other. Dorine, exasperated by the pair of them, physically... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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Damis, who has just heard of Orgon’s plan to marry Mariane to Tartuffe, enters in a fury as Dorine tries to calm him down, urging him... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 3
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Despite being uncomfortable, Elmire stays focused on her goal: to keep Tartuffe from marrying Mariane. When she asks Tartuffe about the match, he replies that he looks “elsewhere” for “bliss.”... (full context)
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...in turn, tells him that she will remain silent only if he refuses to marry Mariane and advocates for Valère instead. (full context)
Act 3, Scene 6
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...falling on his knees because of his supposed friend’s apparent holiness. He resolves to give Mariane to Tartuffe as his bride that very night in order to “spite” them all. (full context)
Act 4, Scene 2
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As soon as Tartuffe exits, Elmire, Mariane, and Dorine enter, and Dorine begs Cléante’s assistance, telling him that Mariane’s heart will break... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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The moment that he enters, Orgon shows Mariane her marriage contract, and essentially commands her to be happy about the match. In response,... (full context)
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Orgon is almost swayed, but when Mariane says that she would rather become a nun than marry Tartuffe, her father grows angry... (full context)
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Elmire asks Dorine to bring in Tartuffe, while sending away Cléante and Mariane. Although Dorine warns her mistress that Tartuffe is devious, Elmire is not worried. She knows... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 5
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...wished to defend him from Damis, and that she tried to thwart his marriage to Mariane only because she wanted him for herself. (full context)
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...cautious, suspicious that Elmire is pretending to love him only to stop his match with Mariane. He tells her that she must show him physical affection in order to prove her... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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The women enter: Madame Pernelle, Mariane, Elmire, and Dorine. Orgon’s mother says that she has heard “strange tales of very strange... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 6
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...ends with Orgon resolving first to give thanks to the King, and second to give Mariane to Valère, whom he at last recognizes as a man worthy of his daughter. (full context)