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Jonathan Swift's Influence on the Age of Reason - Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, opened the door for satire. He was one of the most well known satirist of The Age of Reason, which gained him much respect as a writer. Swift’s works and lifestyle reflect the Humanities of The Age of Reason, thus giving the reader a glimpse of the common man’s life during this time. In order to understand the life of Jonathan Swift, one must explore his works and The Age of Reason. The Age of Reason was a new beginning for many man kind during the eighteenth century, therefore opening the door for people to pursue happiness and liberty....   [tags: Age of Reason, Jonathan Swift, satire, ] 1742 words
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The Cantebury Tales was Geoffrey Chaucer's Satire Towards the Catholic Church - Geoffrey Chaucer expresses his disillusionment with the Catholic Church, during the Medieval Era, through satire when he wrote, The Canterbury Tales. The Medieval Era was a time when the Catholic Church governed England and was extremely wealthy. Expensive Cathedrals and shrines to saints' relics were built at a time when the country was suffering from famine, scarce labor, disease and the Bubonic Plague, which was the cause of death to a third of Europe's population and contributed to the rise of the middle class....   [tags: Geoffrey Chaucer essays research papers] 1808 words
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Gullivers Travels: A Severe Indictment on Human Nature Through Satire - ... Moreover, the representation and popular critical understanding of Yahoos as resembling the human species is baseless and absurd. If the Yahoos were supposed to be equated with humans, Gulliver would have recognised human-like qualities in Yahoos at the first instant, which he clearly does not. Reading the last three chapters of the last voyage shows that Swift did not intend the Yahoos to imply humans because the ship rescuing Gulliver does not consist of Yahoos but humans. The purpose of making Gulliver equate the Yahoos with humans served Swift’s purpose of showing the protagonist as an unenlightened persona....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Slaughterhouse Five - ... Billy’s occupation as a chaplains’ assistant forces him to remain in a neutral position and neither harm nor aide either side of the war. The irony is his neutrality in a combat war. While most soldiers strive to stay alive, Billy doesn’t give death any importance and tries to sabotage his own life during the war. His passive view on death is further supported through the redundant “So it goes” phrase that follows every death that occurs and, ironically, shows the same importance to one person and thousands of people dying....   [tags: Literature Review]
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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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Commentary on the Satiric Nature of George Orwell’s 1984 - ... But the plot of the story helps to further amplify the terrible condition, not only physically, but emotionally. Despite knowing he is doomed, Winston is invigorated to more forceful action by his lover Julia. “If there is hope, it lies in the proles”, Winston would come to believe (68). Yet, this just sets up for the fall of Winston and Julia in Room 101, and subsequently for Winston to accept that reality is that which the party defines. He would come to “love Big Brother” (298). The plot of the book creates not only a physically disparaging world, but accentuates, through Winston attempt at rebellion, the futility of resistance....   [tags: Analysis, Orwell] 1935 words
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Satire in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels - Satire in Gulliver's Travels               On the surface, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver's Travels appears to be a travel log, made to chronicle the adventures of a man, Lemuel Gulliver, on the four most incredible voyages imaginable. Primarily, however, Gulliver's Travels is a work of satire. "Gulliver is neither a fully developed character nor even an altogether distinguishable persona; rather, he is a satiric device enabling Swift to score satirical points" (Rodino 124). Indeed, whereas the work begins with more specific satire, attacking perhaps one political machine or aimed at one particular custom in each instance, it finishes with "the most savage onslaught on humanity ever written," satirizing the whole of the human condition....   [tags: Gulliver's Travels]
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Timeless Message of Equality in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Timeless Message of Equality in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest   Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest satirizes Victorian society.  The witty epigrams of his characters provide light comedy masking the underlying theme of criticism of the Victorian way of life.  Wilde's effective use of humour diffuses the tense theme of his work.  In a Victorian society that emphasized progress, it was precarious for artists like Oscar Wilde to express an imperfect interpretation of life in nineteenth-century England.  Wilde's attack on the ethics of his era is an attempt to fulfill the author's prophecy that art has the power to dictate life, not merely imitate it (614-615).  At a time when the world measured progress in empirical research, Wilde chose to use the English language rather than the scientific method as his mean to transform society.  The Importance of Being Earnest satirizes two main social constructs:  social class and gender relations....   [tags: Importance Being Earnest Oscar Wilde Essays]
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Satire in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Satire in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners, whereby Oscar Wilde uses satire to ridicule marriage, love and the mentality of the Victorian aristocratic society. It can also be referred to as a satiric comedy. What is a satire and what is Oscar Wilde trying to emphasize by employing it in his play. A satiric comedy ridicules political policies or attacks deviations from social order by making ridiculous, the violators of its standards of morals or manners....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde] 1998 words
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Comparing the Social Criticism of Voltaire's Candide and Samuel Johnson's Rasselas - Comparing the Social Criticism of Voltaire's Candide and Samuel Johnson's Rasselas       Samuel Johnson and Voltaire were both writers of enormous social conscience in the eighteenth century. It is not surprising then to discover that both men wrote short tales dealing primarily with criticism of the human condition. Ironically, these books were written and published within weeks of each other in 1759 (Enright 16). Johnson's Rasselas and Voltaire's Candide are strikingly similar in their use of the episodic and romantic picaresque motifs....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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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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Satirical Essay About Radical Environmentalists: Hardcore Environmental Greenies are Very Dangerous People - My wife drives a Nissan Altima that gets 32 miles a gallon and I motor around in a Maxima that faithfully achieves 28. My spouse and I habitually recycle our paper, glass and metal county trash and keep it all separate from our town-collected “other garbage.” We conscientiously maintain our property in a neat manner and keep our shrubs and bushes trimmed and our lawn well manicured. Like the plurality of Americans, we respect the environment and try our best to protect it. A fairly funny joke goes something like this: “Yesterday it was so cold outside that I actually saw a liberal with his hand in his own pocket!” I happen to believe that hardcore “Environmental Greenies” are very dangerous people....   [tags: satire, environmentalism, environment] 2012 words
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Politics and George Orwell - Politics and George Orwell Works Cited Missing      Books are a medium through which the author can express his views; whether they concern social injustices, current issues, or in Orwell’s case, politics. For centuries writers have weaved their opinions into their work, conveying to the reader exactly what they intended. “Orwell saw himself as a violent unmasker of published pretentiousness, hypocrisy and self-deceit, telling people what they did not want to hear….” (Crick, 244). Orwell accomplishes this unmasking of these facades through his use of rhetorical strategies to relay his views to the reader....   [tags: George Orwell Politics Political Essays] 2027 words
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Comparing Satire in Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis and The Simpsons - The Power of Satire in Babbitt and The Simpsons      Sinclair Lewis used his writing to promote the enrichment of American society by attacking the weaknesses he perceived in his era.  His most notable work, Babbitt, is a satire on the middle class lifestyle and attitude of the 1920s.  Lewis' satirical style and voice is comparable to the modern television series The Simpsons, written by Matt Groening.  Babbitt and The Simpsons contain numerous similarities in satirical writing, presentation and commentary.  Matt Groening satirizes many modern situations with his style and characterization in The Simpsons that are similar to the conditions in Babbitt.  The Simpsons represent the pinnacle of how Lewis' opinions are still alive in today's world....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - ... Satire involves the writer pointing out the obvious flaws in one society in a way that can inspire some sort of change. Geoffrey Chaucer’s satire came through in the descriptions of his characters, such that of the Knight. Chaucer first describes the true value of an English Knight, “…To ride abroad had followed chivalry, /Truth, honor, generousness and courtesy” (Chaucer “The Canterbury tales: The Prologue” 45). A true knight is chivalrous, true, honest, and an all together good man. Yet the goal of the characters in the Canterbury tales is to have their sins forgiven....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal - A satire uses irony or sarcasm to make a point. Many authors use satire to bring society’s attention to political, social, or economic problems in a somewhat humorous way. Some authors even use satire in an attempt to correct the religious practices of the society. Satire is an effective way to highlight problems because it is non-threatening but it grabs the attention of the reader. Jonathan Swift wrote his satirical essay “A Modest Proposal” to bring attention to the political, economic, and social problems of Ireland in 1729....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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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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A Comparison of Satire in Voltaire's Candide and Gulliver's Travels - A Comparison of the Satire of Candide and Gulliver's Travels An impartial observer has the ability to make the most critical and objective observation on society and the behavior of man. This impartial observer would see the truth as it is. This same premise may be applied to literary works. A naive character or narrator may be used as an impartial observer, who reveals social truths to the audience through his or her naivete. As Maurois has noted, in writing about Candide, by Voltaire," It was novel of apprenticeship, that is, the shaping of an adolescent's ideas by rude contact with the universe" (101)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Types of Criticism and Literary Movements in Short Stories - Types of Criticism and Literary Movements in Short Stories The short story dates back as early as the 14th Century. It offers what a novel or the equivalent would offer but it has a swiftness and completeness about it. According to Ruby Redinger, the short story is most powerful through graphic narration (752). The short story has captured a diverse group of things from the supernatural to an everyday occurrence. Nearly any situation can be worked into a short story if the right writer is managing the idea....   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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Comapring Naivete and Satire in Jonathan Swifts' Gulliver's Travels and Voltaire's Candide - Naivete and Satire in Jonathan Swifts' Gulliver's Travels and Voltaire's Candide     A child has the ability to make the most critical and objective observation on society and the behavior of man. How is this possible. A child has yet to mature and lacks proper education and experience. However, it is for this very reason that a child would make the perfect social scientist; his or her naivete may provide an excellent means of objective criticism and most often satire. A child's curious nature and hunger for knowledge would bring about an unbiased questioning of social structures, minus the brainwashing of these very institutions, and his or her vulnerability would expose any societal dangers present....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Francois Rabelais’ Satire of Medieval and Renaissance Learning In Gargantua and Pantagruel - Francois Rabelais’ Satire of Medieval and Renaissance Learning In Gargantua and Pantagruel In his book Gargantua and Pantagruel, Francois Rabelais uses satire to address the dislocation felt by Renaissance Humanists. By providing an exaggerated fable, comical in nature, Rabelais poses a serious introspection into the extremes of both the Medieval and the Renaissance man. More importantly, however, he brings into question his own ideals of Humanism. Through an analysis of Rabelais’ satirical technique and by examining his social parody of the Medieval and the Renaissance man, we are able to better understand Rabelais’ introspection into the ideals of his own generation and to accept his argument that learning is transitory and often a necessary, yet futile, attempt to understand our world....   [tags: Gargantua Pantagruel 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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Marriage as Slavery in Middlemarch - Marriage as Slavery in Middlemarch One of George Eliot's challenges in Middlemarch is to depict a sexually desirous woman, Dorothea, within the confines of Victorian literary propriety. The critic, Abigail Rischin, identifies the moment that Dorothea's future husband, Ladislaw, and his painter-friend see her alongside an ancient, partially nude statue of the mythic heroine, Ariadne, in a museum in Rome as the key to Eliot's sexualization of this character. Ariadne is, in the sculpture, between her two lovers....   [tags: Eliot Middlemarch Essays]
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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 - ... 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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Eighteenth Century Literature in Secondary Education - Eighteenth Century Literature in Secondary Education As a undergraduate student, I have just realized my passion for literature and teaching. In high school, however, English was not my favorite subject. I enjoyed the subject and cherished my challenging teachers, but making a career out of literature was not something I had planned to do. Now, in my senior year as an English major, I am eager to record the ideas I have for teaching while I am learning, hopefully providing a fresh approach to literature from which future students may benefit....   [tags: Education School]
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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 and the Deployment of Irony in A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift - Satire and the Deployment of Irony in A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift Therefore let no man talk to me of other expedients: of taxing our absentees at 5s. a pound: of using neither clothes, nor household furniture, except what is of our own growth and manufacture: of utterly rejecting the materials and instruments that promote foreign luxury: of curing the expensiveness of pride, vanity, idleness, and gaming in our women: of introducing a vein of parsimony, prudence and temperance: of learning to love our country, wherein we differ even from Laplanders, and the inhabitants of Topinamboo: of quitting our animosities and factions, nor acting any longer like the Jews, who were murdering one another at the very moment their city was taken: of being a little cautious not to sell our country and consciences for nothing: of teaching landlords to have at least one degree of mercy towards their tenants....   [tags: Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift Papers]
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Life of Brian as Historical Satire - Monty Python’s Life of Brian traces the tragic last year of Brian of Nazareth, a man who shares his exact birthday and town with Jesus Christ, the subject of countless biblical epic films. Comedy distinguishes this biopic, which features a male actor playing the analog of the Virgin Mary, a cured leper begging for alms, and spontaneous song on the crucifix. It is not sufficient, however, to relegate the film to parody, which seems the obvious criticism, simply for taking a comedic outlook. The unique style and construction of many scenes imply that comedy partially motivated the film, but other stimuli clearly contributed to its simple message....   [tags: Film Cinema Movie Parody Monty Python]
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Essay on Satire and Black Humor in Catch-22 - Satire and Black Humor in Catch-22         The only thing going on was a war, and no one seemed to notice but Yossarian and Dunbar. Yossarian is one of the few "normal" characters found in the books, or at least he thinks he is. As the story progresses, it appears that no one is "normal." Values either no longer apply, or do in reverse. In this backwards world of Catch-22, where everyone is crazy, Heller uses black humor and satire to make light of an otherwise dismal situation.   Satire in the book mainly attacks three general things: senior military officers, professional and business interests, and society's remarkable reliance on forms, papers, rules and regulations....   [tags: Catch-22]
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Choice and Direction in the Writings of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Choice and Direction in the Writings of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.         Satire in American literature has evolved in response to the development of the American mind, its increasing use of free will, and the context that surrounds this notion.  Satire is the biting wit that authors (labeled satirists) bring to their literature to expose and mock the follies of society.  Satirists can be divided, however, into two groups with very different purposes.   One type  mocks simply for the enjoyment of mocking.  These satirists are found almost everywhere in the world, on every street corner, household, and television sitcom.  It is the second type of satirist who is a strong force in the world of literature.  The satirical author will mock to heighten the reader's awareness of the problems that threaten to destroy the world that they believe has so much potential....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Ben Jonson's Volpone - A New Form of Comedy - Many critics of Ben Jonson's 'Volpone' have argued that it is not a true comedy but rather a mix of tragedy, comedy, and satire. Many have also claimed that it follows the traditional beast-fable that can be found in the tales of Aesop. Although Volpone takes on some characteristics of tragedy, it seems to follow closer to the conventions of comedy. But it is not the traditional form of comedy. It is a play that takes on the form of a comical satire as well as a morality play. It also adapts the features of a fable in that it strives to teach a moral....   [tags: Ben Jonson Volpone Essays]
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Media's Impact on Politics - Media's Impact on Politics Here in America, we try to pay close attention to everything that goes on in the government. Whatever decision they make we want to know when, where, why, and how. This is because whatever decision that they make will determine what will happen with this country as a whole in the long run. So what is the best way to find out what’s going on with our government. Why the media of course. The media plays a major part in every aspect of the government including what happens in elections, the reporting of major military operations and how the American people will react to certain political situations or scandals....   [tags: Government]
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The Assessment of Society in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels - Honest Assessment of Society in Gulliver's Travels       "In its most serious function, satire is a mediator between two perceptions-the unillusioned perception of man as he actually is, and the ideal perception, or vision, of man as he ought ot be," (Bullitt, 3). Likewise, "misanthropy" can be understood as being the product of one of two world views: 1) The Pure Cynic or Misanthropist has no faith in human nature and has given up on any notion of ideals. This type lies and manipulates as a matter of course and these are the types that tend to run the world....   [tags: Gulliver's Travels]
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Singaporean Mentality Exposed - Singaporean Mentality Exposed Film critics and audiences have dubbed I Not Stupid an excellent commentary on the education system and government paternalism. The movie stars three school children who have been channelled into the undesirable EM3 stream, and shows the trials and tribulation of these children and their parents. I Not Stupid has been described as a "coming of age movie"1 for its rare ability to criticise the government and its policies and bring pertinent issues to light, so much so that many are surprised that it managed to get past the not-too-kind local board of censors....   [tags: I Not Stupid Education System Essays]
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Powerful Satire in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Powerful Satire in The Canterbury Tales If one theme can be considered overriding or defining throughout Medieval European society, it would most likely be the concept of social class structure. During this early historical period in Europe, most of society was divided into three classes or 'estates:' the workers, the nobles, and the clerics. By Chaucer's time, however, the powerful estate structure had begun to wear down. Weaknesses in the system became apparent, as many people, such as Chaucer himself, seemed to no longer belong to any one of the three estates....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]
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Edgar Allan Poe's The Man of the Crowd As a Satire of the Penny Press - Poe's "The Man of the Crowd" As a Satire of the Penny Press               In the mid-nineteenth century , the "penny newspaper" could be found on almost every American urban street corner. These penny papers, as they were popularly called, provided the American people for the first time in history with informative articles about local city events, incidents, and, more importantly, inner-city crime. These penny rags revealed an entirely new world to the American citizens; they were informed for the first time of the many heinous crimes and murders that occurred right in the vicinity of their own houses....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe]
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Animal Farm as a Political Satire to Criticise Totalitarian Regimes - Animal Farm as a Political Satire to Criticise Totalitarian Regimes This study aims to determine that George Orwell's Animal Farm is a political satire which was written to criticise totalitarian regimes and particularly Stalin's practices in Russia. In order to provide background information that would reveal causes led Orwell to write Animal Farm, Chapter one is devoted to a brief summary of the progress of author's life and significant events that had impact on his political convictions. Chapter one also presents background information about Animal Farm....   [tags: Animal Farm George Orwell Russia Stalin Essays] 4632 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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Lolita: An Analysis of Obsession Through the Decades - Lolita: An Analysis of Obsession Through the Decades "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta." In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov created two of the most unrelenting characters in the history of literature: Humbert Humbert and Lolita Haze. His narrator's voice and main character, Humbert Humbert, explains the complex story of a man and his obsession....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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