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Juvenalian And Horatian Satire - Juvenalian and Horatian Satire "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it." Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The Battle of the Books, Preface (written 1697; published 1704). Satire is known as the literary style which makes light of a subject, diminishing its importance by placing it in an amusing or scornful light....   [tags: Satire Comedy LIterary Essays]
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Satire of the Knight in the Prologue and Knight's Tale of "The Canterbury Tales" - Satire. Satire is a biting literary tool, one that Geoffery Chaucer used liberally when he wrote his Canterbury Tales. Webster's New World Dictionary says that satire is "the use of ridicule, sarcasm, etc. to attack vices, follies, etc." Using that definition, I think that all of the pilgrims in the Canterbury Tales are satirized to some extent; some of the satirizations are more subtle than others. The Knight is one of the pilgrims that is more subtly satirized. Chaucer satirizes knights and chivalry in two different ways: in the prologue and in the Knight's Tale....   [tags: Canterbury Tales, Geoffery Chaucer, satire, ] 2185 words
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Satire in “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde - A satire is a piece of work that is designed to ridicule or tease a group or organization, generally for the purpose of being humorous. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a play by Oscar Wilde, is a satire, ridiculing class, gender, and marriage. This essay will describe some points from each of these sections, as well as give a brief synopsis of the play these examples come from. The Importance of being Earnest includes three acts, with seven major characters. In act one, we start with a conversation between Jack (a notable bachelor) and Algernon (an in debt bachelor, with a laid back temperament), in which we learn both have made up 'friends,' who are often sick, as to escape from wherever they live whenever they want....   [tags: Satire, Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde, ] 700 words
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Satire - ... The effect of Horatian satire on a reader is laughter or a wry smile. Horatian satire can be found in literary works. In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding, satire can be found in the actions of one character named Piggy. Piggy is the boy that is the nerd or intellectual of the group. Piggy represents the intellectuals that created that atomic bomb in WWII. Golding was strongly opposed to the atomic bomb hence the satire in his novel. The first example of satire is found in chapter two .The boys are trying to start a fire and they are all gathering wood except for Piggy....   [tags: Literature]
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Satire - ... Many of the inhabitants living there were poverty stricken and starving to death. Swift then presents his plan to sell the children for food and that way they could earn a little bit of cash. He says, “I have been assured by a very knowing American … that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food” (Jonathan Swift). This is a very strong incongruity because eating babies isn’t something that is usually found among people. Newborn children are usually the pride and joy of a family and considered the most precious soul of the bunch....   [tags: Literature]
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Satire - ... Despite Winton’s attempts to resist, he is made hollow through pain, suffering, and, above all, betraying the only person he has come to love by pawning his worst fear of rats to Julia with the betraying remark: “I don’t care what you do to her” (286). Throughout the whole novel the audience follows Winston develop, with the aid of the lively, rebellious Julia, into a more active revolutionary. His position within the tyrannical party allows him to take note of the hypocrisy of the party and over time the audience comes to sympathize with his motives....   [tags: Analysis, Jonathan Swift] 2526 words
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Satire In Swift And Pope - The Issue of Bad Writing in Swift and Pope The eighteenth century witnessed a major revolution, in some ways more profound than the Civil War, the Printing Trade. It was a state of anarchy within which struggling writers, who came from the lower strata, were writing in journals, newspapers, magazines etc. Great consumption of these kinds of writings led to the formation of the Grub Street (a London Street inhabited by literary hacks such as writers of small histories, dictionaries and temporary poems....   [tags: Authors Writers Satire Satirical ] 1614 words
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Satire - Satire is a literary work in which the follies of its subject are attacked through irony, derision, or wit, usually to fulfill a corrective purpose. Those who satirize are called satirists. Satire is an art, and while making a point, it should do it in such a way that the reader doesn’t feel assaulted, or moralized. No one likes a moralizer. Satire’s more eye opening than judgmental, and is conveyed through distortion, exaggeration (as well as understatement), paronomasia, ambiguity and innuendo, comparison and zeugma, similes and metaphors, oxymorons, and parables and allegories....   [tags: Literature Analysis, Art, Informative] 321 words
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Satire - Country vs. Court There are many different ways to reveal one's perception of society. In art for instance, the reflection may be revealed in the form of a sculpture, a song or a picture. Satire is one the ways that the reaction or perception of life is expressed. People look at life from different stand points, as matter of fact, they naturally perceive it in numerous ways. As a result of the variety in perception, the way of revealing the effects or reflections of these perceptions also shows variety....   [tags: essays research papers] 749 words
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satire - Satire As Charles Dixon walked in his office he was thinking about what other fun things he should do to punish the students at good ole Merced High. As you could see Mr. Dixon is the commander, leader, or just as we call it today, a principal. After the war that happen between the students and the staff there as been a lot more strictness to the school rules. Ever since I left this school its basically been more like a public military school. Your probably wondering why I’m not at Merced High School well, I got kicked out....   [tags: essays research papers] 865 words
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A Modest Proposal: Jonathan Swift's Political Statement About Conditions of Life in 1729 - "A Modest Proposal” a Political Statement Mouth-watering, scrumptious, and delicious are a few words that come to mind when you think of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” His satire on the conditions of life in 1729 was to draw its readers to serious discussion on the distressing matters that plagued their society. His extreme and sarcastic response to the treatment of the ever-growing poor population of Irish families, by the rich English landowners, was to bring to light a matter that they had come to accept as normal....   [tags: satire ] 1090 words
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Satire in Satire III - ... The opening lines (1-9) tackle an odd combination of meaningful and ethical questions that he cannot seem to answer and is truly perplexed by. “Kind pity chokes my spleen; brave scorn forbids/Those tears to issue which swell my eyelids;/I must not laugh, nor weep sins and be wise;/Can railing, then, cure these worn maladies?/Is not our mistress, fair Religion,/As worthy of all our souls' devotion/As virtue was in the first blinded age?/Are not heaven's joys as valiant to assuage/Lusts, as earth's honour was to them?” The first question Donne asks is should we be angry or should we be sad about the current state that religion is in....   [tags: Literature] 1109 words
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Satire and Propaganda - Many see propaganda as undermining reason. Propaganda works with the emotions to get a mass to do a certain action. Since propaganda tries to remain hidden, are there any in the world who see it and try to uncover such propaganda. Satirical television and radio shows as well as newspapers challenge the conceptions of which we take for granted and of which are propaganda. How does satire function in relation to propaganda. First, one must define propaganda and since many have done so already, I shall use the Sheryl Ross model....   [tags: Propaganda] 1612 words
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SATIRE ESSAY - SATIRE ESSAY Good evening and welcome to another edition of the BBC satire documentary series. Today we will be analyzing the battleground of satirical poetry, examining two well-known satirical poems called 'Life-Cycle' by Bruce Dawe and 'Hymn Of The Scientific Farmer' by Clive Sansom. But first, lets look at what a satire is and how the victorious poet annihilates the foe of a satire. According to the ancient Macquarie Dictionary, a satire is a 'term applied to any work of literature or art whose objective is to ridicule.' Using ridicule or mockery in the battleground, a satire has the avowed objective of correcting human faults, while arousing laughter or scorn in its intended audience or bystanders of the victorious side....   [tags: English Literature] 1118 words
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Democracy through Satire - 2008 was an historic election year. Beyond the president-elect being the first African-American to be elected to office, the election was more heavily consumed by the media and by the general public than by any before. Through all sorts of different mediums, including the internet, television, and print, the campaigns and the media pushed information on the public. One of the largest ways this was done was via the art of satire. Satire, as defined by the dictionary, is, “The use of wit to criticize behavior.” Both political parties in the 2008 election had their share of material to make fun of the other’s candidate....   [tags: Media]
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Satire Modest Proposal - ... Up until his proposal, Swift convinces the audience that he is an empathetic individual, gently pointing out social problems. The statement “These mothers instead of being able to work for their honest livelihood, are forced to employ all their time in strolling to beg for their helpless infants…” exemplifies what one might think a perfect example of the urbane style of satire a Horatian satirist would utilize. However, it becomes evident that Swift is writing a classical Juvenalian satire when he quickly shifts to his absurd proposal that “a young healthy child well nourished is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food…” This fact arouses anger, in that the audience realizes the proposer seems indifferent to the fact that he is proposing to murder thousands of children....   [tags: Jonathan Swift] 853 words
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The Use of Satire in Gulliver's Travels - ... While in sea, a catastrophic storm devastates the ship causing the crewmembers to die. Subsequently, Gulliver washes up on the shores of Lilliput as the only survivor from the Antelope. After waking up from his tribulation, he finds that he is captured and tied down by the Lilliputians—men that are only six inches tall, but posses the ostentatious egotistic attitude of a normal sized man. They are mean, cruel, and morally corrupt. Filled with greed and ingratitude they shoot at Gulliver with their small weapons that seem only to tickle Gulliver....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Satire of a Modest Proposal - ... And further justification comes from Swift’s argument that this economic plan will prevent “those voluntary abortions” and “that horrid practice of women murdering their bastard children.” Swift forces his audience to think about a flourishing society and contemplate the moral standard by which to reach such prosperity. His satirical tirade continues as Swift attacks the faulty socio-economic structure in place. Blame is cast upon the “absentee landlords, the Dublin men and women of fashion, the English trade policies, and the indifference of the Irish themselves” (Lockwood)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Satire of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale - The Handmaid's Tale has been described as a scathing satire and a dire warning. Which elements of our own society is Margaret atwood satirising and how does her satire work . Atwood tries to open our eyes by satirising our society with a brilliant contrasting novel. Dystopian in every way, the reader encounters a world in which modern values of our society seem/ are replaceable. Showing the worst of all possible outcomes, she demonstrates that our primarily heartless, just economical thinking could bring the downfall of our society....   [tags: literary genre, Satirical] 505 words
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Satire and Tone in "The Once and Future King" - There is a direct link in Book I and Book IV of the Once and Future King from the animation and adventure that Wart experiences to the fall of King Arthur’s reign. The shift is long and detailed but in the end everything ties together. Although at points the plot is grim, White throws in a little bit of satire throughout every book, for example in Book II when the Orkney environment is harsh but then it is contradicted by the behavior of Sir Pellinore, Sir Grummore, and Sir Palomides. In Book III, it is very descriptive and tedious with a darker tone, but then also is offset by Lancelot’s adventures....   [tags: Once and Future King, White, ] 472 words
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Satire and Black Humor in Dr. Strangelove - ... Everything is so exaggerated and hyperbolic that it goes on past the point of fear and alarm ; the audience is given an exclusively third-party perspective to see how tragedy (the end of the world) was borne from foolishness. After all, nuclear annihilation was a very real and possible consequence but after such destruction, who would care what spurred such ruin in the first place. The B-52 bomber crew embodies the gung-ho attitude of the red-blooded American; always ready to be a hero. So set on not “letting the folks back home down”, the crew carries on their plan even after having been almost shot down and left with not enough fuel to make it back home....   [tags: Film Review]
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Satire in the Eighteenth Century - Satire in the Eighteenth Century       New ideas, original thoughts, and fresh interpretations characterized the spirit of the eighteenth century. Science was flourishing, and therefore it brought new discoveries that challenged the traditional dominating force of religion.  Influential figures of the age, such as Voltaire, Jonathan Swift, and William Hogarth, strove to assure human betterment and advance human thinking through truth and humorous criticism.  They employed the use of satire in order to accomplish their common goal....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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Satire in Candide by Voltaire - Satire in Candide by Voltaire Voltaire who was a French writer, philosopher and one of the leaders of the Enlightenment is known as one of the greatest satirist ever. Voltaire wrote about important genres: tragedy, history, philosophy and fiction just as his English contemporary Samuel Johnson. American heritage dictionary defines satire as, "An artistic work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit. Irony or caustic wit used to expose or attack human folly." The satirist adopts a critical attitude and usually presents his material with wit and humor....   [tags: Papers] 1463 words
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Gulliver's Travels - Satire - Gulliver's Travels - Satire Gulliver's Travels was written during an era of change known as the Reformation Period. The way this book is written suggests some of the political themes from that time period, including the well-known satire. These themes are displayed throughout Gulliver's Travels, and even sometimes reflect upon today's society. Many things in the book Gulliver's Travels prove that it was set in the Restoration Period. Some of the ways you can tell this are: the clothing, the speech, the governments, and of course, the lack of technology....   [tags: Gulliver's Travels Essays] 703 words
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The Satire of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle - The Satire of Cat's Cradle       Cat's Cradle is, "Vonnegut's most highly praised novel. Filled with humor and unforgettable characters, this apocalyptic story tells of Earth's ultimate end, and presents a vision of the future that is both darkly fantastic and funny, as Vonnegut weaves a satirical commentary on modern man and his madness" (Barnes and Noble n.pag).  In Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut uses satire as a vehicle for threatened self-destruction when he designs the government of San Lorenzo.  In addition, the Bokonists practice of Boko-maru, and if the world is going to end in total self destruction and ruin, then people will die, no matter how good people are and what religion people believe....   [tags: Cat's Cradle Essays]
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The Satire of Blazing Saddles - The Satire of Blazing Saddles Blazing Saddles, a Mel Brooks film, is a perfect example of satire. The main object of the movie is to make fun of the western genre of films. Mel Brooks is notorious for his satires of many different films and film genres, and Blazing Saddles follows true to form. Many of the film’s ideas and problems are common in most westerns, although Mel Brooks has added a twist. In addition, the movie pokes fun at a more modern theme, racism. Many westerns contain some of the same elements....   [tags: Film Movies] 900 words
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The Effective Satire of Voltaire's Candide - The Effective Satire of Voltaire's Candide      In Candide, Voltaire sought to point out the fallacy of Gottfried Leibniz's theory of optimism and the hardships brought on by the resulting inaction toward the evils of the world. Voltaire's use of satire, and its techniques of exaggeration and contrast highlight the evil and brutality of war and the world in general when men are meekly accepting of their fate. Leibniz, a German philosopher and mathematician of Voltaire's time, developed the idea that the world they were living in at that time was "the best of all possible worlds." This systematic optimism shown by Leibniz is the philosophical system that believed everything already was for the best, no matter how terrible it seemed....   [tags: Voltaire Candide Essays]
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Essay on Satire in Lysistrata - Satire in Lysistrata Satire is a literary manner built on wit and humor with a critical attitude directed to human institutions and humanity. A successful satiric play will show certain truths about society and then try to improve upon them. Satire is meant to be constructive rather than destructive. Aristophanes uses satire in Lysistrata to convey many different themes such as war and peace, the struggles of power and class, and the life and death issues that are seen in war. Satire is successfully used and seen in Lysistrata by stereotyping women in general and then the different classes of women as well....   [tags: Lysistrata Essays] 766 words
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sathf Satire of The Grangerfords and Pap - Satire of The Grangerfords and Pap In Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Grangerfords and Pap are two of the characters who are used by Twain to condemn civilized society. Twain employs satire to express his belief that “civilized” society is neither moral, ethical, nor civilized.  Exaggeration, stereotyping, and irony are used throughout the story to satirize and to expose the Grangerfords as the typical southern aristocrats and pap as the typical drunken “white trash.”             After a ferryboat accident, Huck seems to lose his slave companion Jim after coming ashore....   [tags: Adventures Huckleberry Huck Finn Essays] 748 words
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Chaucer: Satire And Humor - Chaucer: Satire And Humor Until Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales, he was primarily know for being the writer of love poems, such as The Parliament of Fowls, narratives of doomed passion, and stories of women wronged by their lovers. These works are nothing short of being breath taking, but they do not posses the raw power that the Canterbury Tales do. This unfinished poem, which is about 17,000 lines, is one of the most brilliant works in all of literature. The poem introduces a group of pilgrims journeying from London to the shrine of St....   [tags: English Literature:] 2658 words
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Satire in Swift's A Modest Proposal - Satire in Swift's A Modest Proposal Swift's aim of his proposal is to expose the cruelty of the rich landlords of Ireland, who were not being aware of the poverty and suffering of the Irish people. Swift's proposal is an attempt to suggest a remedy of Ireland's situation by shocking those who are powerful enough to inflict change on Ireland's appalling circumstances. In order to do this Swift creates an alter ego, a persona who puts forth the ghastly proposal but in a logical fashion....   [tags: Papers] 605 words
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Essay on Satire in Voltaire's Candide - Use of Satire in Voltaire’s Candide            Voltaire successfully uses satire as a means of conveying his opinions about life.  In his novel, Candide, Voltaire satirizes the philosopher Liebnitz's philosophy that this is the best of all possible worlds.  In the novel, the perpetually optimistic and naive character, Candide, travels around the world, having various experiences that prove, at least to the reader, that evil does exist.    In one particular passage, Voltaire uses explicit diction, exaggerated details and manipulated syntax in order to contrast the optimist's romantic view of battle with the horrible reality that is war....   [tags: Candide essays]
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Candide: A Satire On The Enlightenment - Candide: A Satire On The Enlightenment Works Cited Missing Candide is an outlandishly humorous, far-fetched tale by Voltaire satirizing the optimism espoused by the philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment. It is the story of a young man’s adventures throughout the world, where he witnesses much evil and disaster. Throughout his travels, he adheres to the teachings of his tutor, Pangloss, believing that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." Candide is Voltaire’s answer to what he saw as an absurd belief proposed by the Optimists - an easy way to rationalize evil and suffering....   [tags: Voltaire Candide Essays] 596 words
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The Satire of Animal Farm - The Satire of Animal Farm Orwell's book, "Animal Farm", is full of satire. This satire is Orwell's way of communicating problems and resolutions. The main message in Animal Farm is that power cannot be divided equally. There will never be equality for all. Once power is obtained it is always abused, and power causes all to think as the leader does. Equality does not exist, for it is impossible for everyone to be equal. There will always be a leader and there will always be followers, and they will never be equal....   [tags: Animal Farm] 778 words
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Satire in Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, is a fictitious novel that depicts life on an American bomber squadron on Pianosa, an island off the coast of Italy, during the closing years of World War II. A bombardier by the name of Yossarian, the main character in the story, is joined by many others to create a comic drama unlike any other. But aside from the entertainment, Heller uses Catch-22 to satirize many aspects of everyday life that consist of hypocrisy, corruption, and insanity. From the laziness of policeman to the fake happiness brought about by money, the novel is painted with a great number of points targeted against the faults of modern society....   [tags: essays research papers] 2011 words
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The Aesthetics of Topical Satire - The Aesthetics of Topical Satire As is well known, the latter years of Elizabeth's reign were characterized by un- certainty, not only over price inflation, shortages of corn, the unresolvable disputes with Spain and Ireland, but more importantly, the question of succession, the corresponding fear of civil war, and the rise of Essex and a younger generation of statesmen ambitious for power and recognition. This problem was exacerbated by the fact that Elizabeth had expanded enrollments at Cambridge and Oxford "to meet the urgent need for an educated Protestant ministry," and that by the 1590s these posts had all been filled, leaving a generation of graduates without employment, discontented and contentious (Riggs 55-56)....   [tags: Queen Elizabeth]
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Intelligent Satire in Voltaire's Candide - Intelligent Satire in Candide      In the story Candide, Voltaire uses the experiences of the character Candide and dialogue between characters to dispute the theory by other philosophers that "Everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds" (Voltaire). Voltaire believed that the society that he lived in had many flaws, flaws which are illustrated throughout the story. Voltaire uses satire to take aim at the military, religion, and societies' emphasis of physical beauty, to illustrate that we do not live in the best of all possible worlds....   [tags: Candide essays]
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Use of Satire in Voltaire's Candide - Successful Use of Satire in Voltaire's Candide Voltaire's Candide is the story of how one man's adventures affect his philosophy on life. Candide begins his journey full of optimism that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds," but he learns that it is naïve to say that good will eventually come of any evil.  Voltaire successfully uses satire as a means of conveying his opinions about many aspects of European society in the eighteenth century.  He criticizes religion, the evils found in every level of society, and a philosophy of optimism when faced with an intolerable world.  Candide portrays religious persecution as one of the most worst aspects of society.  Voltaire rejects the superstitious beliefs that the church endorsed....   [tags: Candide essays Voltaire ]
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The Great Gatsby: A Social Satire - The Great Gatsby can be regarded as a social satire and an observation of The American Dream The Great Gatsby is observed as a social satire of the United States in the roaring twenties, where Fitzgerald exposes the American Dream as a flawed fantasy merely generated by over-indulgence. America was established in the conception of equality, where any individual could have equal opportunities and success on the substratum of their abilities and effort, which can be described as the American Dream....   [tags: English Literature] 1270 words
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Satire in How to Poison the Earth - “How to poison the earth” by Linnea Saukko can be seen in two different aspects. The first one would be by looking at it in a literal way, in which it will make it a very harsh, inhumane and cold text. On the other hand, it could be seen as a satire, sarcastic and ironic text in which Saukko expects to catch the reader’s attention. Saukko exaggerates the sarcasm, and satire in her writing in order to make the readers realize and understand the main purpose of her essay, which is to warn readers about threats to the future of our planet....   [tags: Linnea Saukko]
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Satire in John Gardner's Grendel - Satire in Grendel "The state is an organization of violence, a monopoly in what it is pleased to call legitimate violence (Gardner, 119)." This excerpt from John Gardner's Grendel shows one of the many issues he deals with in his satire of man, and that is the issue of the use of violence in society. Gardner shows this throughout the book, but most prominently in chapter eight, in which we learn of the arrival of Hrothulf, Hrothgar's nephew, at Herot. Hrothgar recognizes the evil in Hrothgar's kingdom....   [tags: John Gardner Grendel ]
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Planet Of The Apes Satire - The setting of the movie compared to the setting in the book makes Planet of the Apes one of the greatest satires. In the movie, the setting takes place on earth in the future where apes deny and are afraid of the past, whereas the setting in the book is on a different planet where apes are civilized and technologically advanced, and the humans were primitive creatures. The orangutans in the movie prevent what happened to the humans from happening to the apes. Orangutans, such as Zaius went to great work as destroying the cave where the evidence of the humans reigned is revealed and removing Landen’s memory....   [tags: essays research papers] 748 words
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A GROSS FORM OF DELIGHTFUL SATIRE - A GROSS FORM OF DELIGHTFUL SATIRE "The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes." -Jonathan Swift "We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love on another." -Jonathan Swift Like all true satirists, Swift was predominantly a moralist, one who chastises the vices and follies of humankind in the name of virtue and common sense. Throughout his writing, Swift constantly raised the question of whether the achievements of civilization-its advancing technology, its institutions, its refinement of manners-cannot be seen as complex forms of barbarism....   [tags: essays papers]
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Satire In Huckleberry Finn - According to Ernest Hemingway, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." Along with Hemingway, many others believe that Huckleberry Finn is a great book, but few take the time to notice the abundant satire that Twain has interwoven throughout the novel. The most notable topic of his irony is society. Mark Twain uses humor and effective writing to make The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn a satire of the American upper-middle class society in the mid-nineteenth century....   [tags: Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn] 962 words
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Satire Of Huck Finn - Samuel L. Clemans, whose pen name is Mark Twain was one of American’s greatest writers who was known around the world for his works like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He is recognized as many to be one of the greatest American writers. I just finished one of his books The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which I felt was a very moving book . The book is about a young boy (Huck Finn) whose father is and old drunken alcoholic. Twain satires alcoholism, which is mentioned through out this novel. When pap who constantly drinks and is violent with Huck, came home drunk and “ He cased me with a clasp knife and says he would kill me ”{mark 29)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1015 words
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The Satire of Gulliver's Travels - The Satire of Gulliver's Travels       During the eighteenth century there was an incredible upheaval of commercialization in London, England.  As a result, English society underwent significant, "changes in attitude and thought", in an attempt to obtain the dignity and splendor of royalty and the upper class (McKendrick,2).  As a result, English society held themselves in very high regards, feeling that they were the elite society of mankind.  In his novel, Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift satirizes this English society in many ways.  In the novel, Swift uses metaphors to reveal his disapproval of English society.  Through graphic representations of the body and it's functions, Swift reveals to the reader that grandeur is merely an illusion, a facade behind which English society of his time attempted to hide from reality....   [tags: Gulliver's Travels Swift Essays]
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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift - A Modest Proposal A Modest Proposal is everything that a satirical story should be. It includes sarcasm and irony as Jonathan Swift takes us through a roller coaster ride to show us how the poor are treated miserably. The narrator begins by leading us down a path. He seems sincere and thinks it is a pity how everywhere you walk in the streets of Dublin you see the poor begging people for hand outs. He is seeking a solution to help the commonwealth. He appears to be a logical, educated person who makes it clear that he has been studying this subject for years....   [tags: sarcasm irony satire] 1465 words
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Gulliver’s Travels - Gulliver’s Travels Gulliver’s Travels has set a standard for satirical writing for a long time, and Swift’s imaginative ability and talent can explain a lot of the text’s continued popularity. People can approach Gulliver’s Travels like a children’s book, and not search for deeper meaning. They read the story as a fantasy, and seek only to be entertained. Gulliver’s Travels is valuable and enjoyable for its plot and surface elements alone, but a deeper level of meaning and significance can be achieved if we take note of the satirical elements in the novel....   [tags: Satire Satirical Essays]
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Satire and Hypocrisy: Literary Criticism of Lewis’ The Monk - Satire and Hypocrisy: Literary Criticism of Lewis’ The Monk In her essay "Satire in The Monk: Exposure and Reformation", Campbell strives to portray Matthew Lewis' The Monk as a work that is full of and dependent upon satire, yet marks a significant departure from the tradition thereof. Campbell asserts that satire "forcibly exposes an essential quality of an institution, class, etc., which individuals associated with the ridiculed body have concealed either through ignorance, hypocrisy, or affectation." Although satire may be useful in exposing these hypocrisies and false beliefs, it offers no alternatives to these beliefs and is hence a destructive force despite the satirist's pretensions to social reform....   [tags: Monk] 688 words
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Literature - Satire, Enlightened Wit in the Age of Reason - Satire: Enlightened Wit in the Age of Reason   Mad Magazine, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live. In our society, satire is among the most prevalent of comedic forms. This was not always true, for before the 18th century, satire was not a fully developed form. Satire, however, rose out of necessity; writers and artists needed a way to ambiguously criticize their governments, their churches, and their aristocrats. By the 18th century, satire was hugely popular. Satire as an art form has its roots in the classics, especially in the Roman Horace's Satires....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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THE ELEMENT OF SATIRE WITH RESPECT TO CHAUCER?S ?CANTERBURY TALES? - THESIS: THE ELEMENT OF SATIRE WITH RESPECT TO CHAUCER’S “CANTERBURY TALES” It is human nature to laugh when an event goes wrong or to make a mockery of an all too serious person. But what if authors had the power to use this instinct within humans to drive a point across. In fact they do and they call this literary tool…satire. Many authors have used this tool as a backbone in their writings; others have only managed to throw in elements of satire here and there. However, there was one author who had mastered this literary tool, and who could use it to the extremes....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Contrast Between Satire in The Rape Of The Lock and A Modest Proposal - Contrast Between Satire in The Rape Of The Lock and A Modest Proposal        Although Alexander Pope's, "The Rape Of The Lock" and Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" are both witty satires, they differ on their style, intention, and mood. To begin, in "The Rape Of The Lock," Alexander Pope uses Horation satire to invoke a light, whimsical, melancholy mood to illustrate the absurdity of fighting over the cutting of one's hair. In fact, Horation satire is defined by K. Lukes as a device that is: " urban, smiling, witty" and "seeks to correct the human foibles." and is further reiterated in The Concise Oxford Dictionary Of Literary terms as: "Horation satire, often contrasted with the bitterness of Juvenalian satire, is a more indulgent, tolerant treatment of human inconsistencies and follies, ironically amused rather than outraged" (101)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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John Gay's Use of Music for Satire in The Beggar's Opera - John Gay's Use of Music for Satire in The Beggar's Opera John Gay=s The Beggar=s Opera is a rather complex work, despite its apparent simplicity. Critics have interpreted it variously as political satire, moral satire, even (at a stretch) Christian satire. Common to many interpretations is the assertion that the Opera is a satire directed at both the politics and the art of its day. A fairly conventional interpretation of the play and its composition shows that it is, and was intended by its author to be, specifically a satire of Italian opera and of the aristocrats that patronized that form....   [tags: Papers] 2421 words
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