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The Advantage of Sarcasm - The Advantage of Sarcasm “Sarcasm is a form of humor that uses sharp, cutting remarks or language intended to mock, wound, or subject contempt or ridicule, generally saying the opposite of what the statement really is” (Oxford). Brian Dickerson, a free press columnist, does just that to bring the readers over to his side. He utilizes a very convincing combination of sarcasm and emotional appeal in his column called “Promises to Keep. Not in the Government”, that ultimately seduces the reader to believe exactly the point he tries to get across....   [tags: Semantics] 857 words
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Sherman Alexie's Subtle Sarcasm - Sherman Alexie's Subtle Sarcasm Sherman Alexie illustrates a subtle sarcasm that is very consistent among his stories. He conveys many of the current social issues that seem to be constant among those of Indian heritage. His main characters all have very similar characteristics: very laid back and socially conscious. An important characteristic that his characters share is a sense of wit and cynicism which helps convey Alexie's ideals in many regards. The first rhetorical device Alexie utilizes is his methophorical use of his titles....   [tags: American Literature Sherman Alexie Essays] 890 words
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geoffrey chaucers use of sarcasm to describe his characters - Geoffrey Chaucers use of sarcasm to describe his characters. Geoffrey Chaucer used sarcasm to describe his characters in “The Canterbury Tales.” It will point out details that are seen in the book that help explain how he used this sarcasm to prove a point and to teach life lessons sometimes. I will also point out how this sarcasm was aimed at telling the reader his point of view about how corrupt the Catholic Church was. Chaucer uses an abundance of sarcasm, as opposed to seriousness, to describe his characters in “The Canterbury Tales.” Chaucer did not begin working on “The Canterbury Tales” until he was in his early 40s....   [tags: essays research papers] 1745 words
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Sarcasm and Irony in Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal - Sarcasm and Irony in Swift's A Modest Proposal In his lengthy literary career, Jonathan Swift wrote many stories that used a broad range of voices that were used to make some compelling personal statements. For example, Swifts, A Modest Proposal, is often heralded as his best use of both sarcasm and irony. Yet taking into account the persona of Swift, as well as the period in which it was written, one can prove that through that same use of sarcasm and irony, this proposal is actually written to entertain the upper-class....   [tags: A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift] 1501 words
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Essay on Satire, Sarcasm, and Irony in Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - Satire, Sarcasm, and Irony in Catch-22       Joseph Heller's narration, dialogue, and characterization in Catch-22 all create a unique perspective of war and our society's bureaucracy. The satire, sarcasm, irony, and general absurdity of the novel provide a view of the irrationality of man's behavior. The horror that is portrayed in Catch-22 is intensified by the humorous way in which it is portrayed. Distortion and exaggeration highlight the characters and scenario while magnifying the confusion....   [tags: Catch-22 Catch 22 Joseph Heller] 700 words
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Irony and Sarcasm in A Mystery of Heroism and War is Kind - Irony and Sarcasm in A Mystery of Heroism and War is Kind In literature, similar themes are portrayed in many different ways, mostly according to the time period they were written in. A new generation of writers came of age after the civil war, known as the realists. They dominated American fiction from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. They took their ideas from the slums of the rapidly growing cities at that time, from the factories replacing farmland, and from the every day common people: poor factory workers, corrupt politicians, soldiers, and even prostitutes....   [tags: Papers] 946 words
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A Night of Sarcasm - Let me first say, Steve Almond was hilarious. In the beginning of the speech, he read the prologue and part of chapter one of Candy freak. The tone in his voice made his words jump out of his book. Almond was very sarcastic and funny throughout the text. Surprisingly, Almond has a spouse that loves candy as much as he does. Candy to Almond is like great sex. He thinks that a person, who does not like chocolate, is not good in bed. Almond said that if he was at a party and a person blurted out that they did not like chocolate, he would tell them to go to the chip bowl....   [tags: essays research papers] 469 words
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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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Geoffrey Chaucer View and Change on Judgement - ... For further clarification, Monks typically do not hunt anything, but this Monk loves hunting no matter what the cost. By revealing the truth, Chaucer shocks many of his readers during that time period, raising a lot of doubts within the community, which of course is the outcome Chaucer wants. Revealing the truth to the public is what creates change, and by stating these facts, he will eventually create change, however there are a few more things he needs to reveal. In the second tale, The Pardoner’s Tale/Prologue, he uses both types of satire to attack the church....   [tags: hypocrisy, church, gender, satire, sarcasm]
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Satire in Dorothy Parker's Literary Work - Satire in Dorothy Parker's Literary Work Dorothy Parker was born in 1893 and died in 1967. She is known for using a mixture of humor, satire, and sarcasm in her poems. Satire is a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule of scorn. Three poems in which she uses humor, satire, and sarcasm are "Résumé", "Comment", and "One Perfect Rose". In the poem "Comment" she uses an example of sarcasm. Sarcasm is harsh or bitter derision or irony. This poem is about how life is sweet bliss....   [tags: Papers] 359 words
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Anne Sexton: Cinderella - As many of us know, our world today is not short of sarcasm. Many times sarcasm can be funny but other times it can cause harm. But in Anne Sexton’s poem, she uses sarcasm to throw her audience back to actuality, even a midst a fairytale element. In Anne Sexton’s poem, Cinderella she uses sarcasm and a basis of the true tale to make what many would call a “mockery” of the original Grimm Tale. Sexton does not refer to the Grimm brothers in her poem, for she considers this re-telling her own creation, uniquely by using irony to her advantage....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Iago’s Use of Rhetorical Strategies to Manipulate Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello - Iago’s Use of Rhetorical Strategies to Manipulate Othello in Shakespeare’s Othello Rhetorical strategies are continually used to get a point across or to manipulate another. Iago uses many devices to put false accusations into Othello’s head. In lines 330-447 in Act 3 scene 3, Iago uses rhetorical question, imagery, and sarcasm. He questions Othello and makes him think the worst between Cassio and Desdemona, and then his use of words adds color and a picture, so it has to be right. Last his sarcasm creates the assurances Othello needed to be duped....   [tags: Othello Essays] 478 words
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Discuss the different kinds of humour in the play. Is it effective - Discuss the different kinds of humour in the play. Is it effective today. What is its purpose. Much ado about nothing is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. There are many kinds of humour in the play. The first kind of humour we come across is the skirmishes of wit between Beatrice and Benedick. Beatrice and Benedick are both sarcastic people and incidentally are sarcastic about each other. Sarcasm is a very good kind of humour, which is still effective to this day. Many people understand sarcasm and it's a good way of putting a point across....   [tags: English Literature] 579 words
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When Irony Lead to Settings and Society… - Irony: a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., especially as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion. Readers fail to realize the importance of irony because of its common usage in most literary works. When an author provides irony in a novel, there are specific reasons why they do. Unfortunately, as readers, the development of irony does not capture our attention immediately, nor does it often hold analytical worth....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Dickens, French Aristocracy] 1022 words
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Huckleberry Finn: Society Is Not Always Right - J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “Not all those who wander are lost.” This quote illustrates that if people make their own decisions they will be able to find a path that suits their desires, not those of others. In the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, Huck struggles throughout his adventures to find equilibrium between what he wants to do and what society wants him to do. Consequently, Huck tries to battle the inner conflicts that he has and not conform to society’s “accepted” values....   [tags: mark twain] 1231 words
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Love in One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker and Cinderella’s Diary by Ron Koertge - A rose is the ultimate yet simplest sign of love. Billions are sold on Valentine’s Day and countless numbers are sold to epitomize a lover’s feelings throughout the year. The delicate petals, harsh and unforgiving thorns, vivid and deep colors, all of the things associated with a rose go towards it being the best way to sum up a person’s love for another. The rose has often been associated with a sign of romance. The thought of romance is not as appreciated in today’s time period in comparison to, say, fifty years ago....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]
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Robert Browning's "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" - Robert Browning's "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" Incomplete Essay The peculiar essence of the poem "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" written by Robert Browning lies in the impression of violent and disordered hatred. This feeling is revealed by the very structure of the work. The poem is framed by bestial growl at first word and closing line. The first onomatopeaic growl opens the soliloquist’s confession of malice for Brother Lawrence: "Gr-r-r -- there go my heart's abhorrence!/ Water your damned flowerpots, do!" Another "Gr-r-r" marks the end of the work....   [tags: Poem Browning Essays] 567 words
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Definition of Irony - Definition of Irony Irony is a word that has been around in my life since I was six years old. I remember it exactly, the day that the word entered my vocabulary. My mom and I were driving to my grandma’s house and I was reading a “Calvin and Hobbes” comic from the paper earlier that morning. Calvin had been saving a snowball in the freezer for 4 months and was going to use it. He snuck up on his nemesis, Suzy, and threw it as hard as he could, and missed. He goes into hysterics, wondering how he could have missed that perfect shot, while, at the same time Suzy is scooping up the pile of snow lying in front of her....   [tags: Irony Definition Essays] 656 words
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The Effectiveness of My Interactions and How I Would Improve Them - The Effectiveness of My Interactions and How I Would Improve Them I feel that in my group activity I only used a few bad communication skills that is because I felt my group activity was successful and I managed to solve peoples problems, arguments, and get all of the Rainbows to listen to what I was doing and this was reflected by the fact that they managed to complete the activity. Although I feel that there were a few bad communication skills these were: * Sarcasm * Glaring * Interruption * Not going to their level * Leaving after a conversation Sarcasm With Rainbows I often used sarcasm although I was not fully aware that I was using it....   [tags: Free Essays] 400 words
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James Baldwin's Fifth Avenue, Uptown - In his collection of essays in Nobody Knows My Name, James Baldwin uses “Fifth Avenue, Uptown” to establish the focus that African Americans no matter where they are positioned would be judged just by the color of their skin. Through his effective use of descriptive word choice, writing style and tone, Baldwin helps the reader visualize his position on the subject. He argues that “Negroes want to be treated like men” (Baldwin, 67). Baldwin gives a vivid sketch of the depressing conditions he grew up on in Fifth Avenue, Uptown by using strong descriptive words....   [tags: Nobody Knows My Name, James Baldwin] 492 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a highly regarded work of American fiction. The story of the novel teaches us many lessons that should last any reader for a lifetime. The messages that Harper Lee relays to the reader are exemplified throughout the book using various methods. One of the most important and significant methods was the use of symbols such as the mockingbird image. Another important method was showing the view through a growing child's (Scout Finch) mind, eyes, ears, and mouth....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird Essays] 1401 words
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Tony Kronheiser - Tony Kronheiser Tony Kornheiser is the self-admitted opinionated, sarcastic sports and style columnist for The Washington Post. Kornheiser's purpose is not to report to the reader an objective account of a sporting event, but rather to add humor to topics that range in topic from the Washington Redskins ("It's Now an Off-Road Vehicle," November 5, 1996) to his lunch-time experience the other day ("In a Real Fix," November 3, 1996). Kornheiser's diction, figurative language, and tone make his columns what they are....   [tags: essays research papers] 1204 words
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Twelve Angry Men - Twelve Angry Men is a very interesting play about an unfortunate young man, who was convicted of killing his dad. The worst part was, the young man was only nineteen, and his life was just starting. The jurors listened to all the evidence, then came the hard part, making the decision: guilty, or innocent. Eleven jurors said guilty and only one said innocent. There was a lot of peer pressure involved. I decided to write about different peer pressures three of the jurors used. The three jurors I picked are juror #10, juror #7, and juror #8.The first juror I want to write about is #10....   [tags: essays research papers] 642 words
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Conflict of Cultures in the film Bend It Like Beckham - Conflict of Cultures in the film Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chada creates conflict of cultures in various different ways in the film Bend It Like Beckham. Gurinder Chada uses techniques such as accents in the voice, contrasts, stereotypes, sarcasm, characterization and juxtaposition of British and Indian cultures which creates humour. This creates a film that attracts the attention of the audience and keeps them interested in the storyline. In the film Bend It Like Beckham a young female Indian footballer hopes that one day she will be able to become a professional footballer and play for her country....   [tags: Papers] 1183 words
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the club - character differences - The differences between characters can often be shown using dialogue. David Williamson uses dialogue effectively in ‘The Club’, to show the different personalities and desires of the characters. Ali G is a great example of how dialogue can be used to show the differences between characters when he interviews English soccer star David Beckham. In many interviews, television shows, movies, novels, and performance scripts, dialogue is used to show the different personalities of characters. In ‘The Club’ David Williamson uses colloquialism, slang, clichés, anecdotes, idiomatic expressions, satire, sarcasm and irony to show the different personalities and desires of the characters Ted, Jock, Gerry, Laurie, Danny and Geoff....   [tags: essays research papers] 620 words
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The Life of a Reckless Teenager - The Life of a Reckless Teenager Lies, failure, depression, and loneliness are only some of the aspects that Holden Caulfield goes through in the novel The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger. Salinger reflects Holden’s character through his own childhood experiences. Salinger admitted in a 1953 interview that "My boyhood was very much the same as that of the boy in the book.… [I]t was a great relief telling people about it” (Wikipedia). Thus, the book is somewhat the life story of J.D. Salinger as a reckless seventeen-year-old who lives in New York City and goes through awful hardships after his expulsion and departure from an elite prep school....   [tags: Character Analysis] 826 words
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Analysis of Self-Sacrifice in Part One, Chapter III – IV - Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, establishes his motifs through the use of. This novel reinstates the motif of self-sacrifice into different characters that interact with the main character, Raskolnikov. Although the largest case of self-sacrifice lies in the character of Sonya which is not thoroughly discussed in Chapter III and IV of Part One, pages 35 to 64 contributes the largest variety of self-sacrifice that is found within Crime and Punishment. Here, self-sacrifice comes in three different forms: the sacrifice of ones own body, the sacrifice of someone you love, and the sacrifice for someone you love....   [tags: Classic Literature]
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How does language in ‘Medea’ and ‘Hedda Gabler’ convey emotions? - Between Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripedes (484- 407), and Hedda Gabler, a play written by Norwegian Henrick Ibsen (in 1890) there is small difference in language between both plays as even though they were written in different eras and both have been translated from their original languages to English, they show similar uses of language, like sarcasm, speeches, lies, figurative language and vocabulary that expresses the character’s personality and emotions, which shows what they are really feeling: anger, unhappiness, resentment, boredom, jealously, amongst others....   [tags: Greek, Literary Analysis, Character Analysis] 1254 words
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A Treasure Map - A poem is like a treasure map. It holds the key to a journey and the resulting treasure to be found. With every treasure map there is, of course, the treasure, but there is also a series of directions, twists and turns that must be straightened out in order to reach the desired destination. Rushing through the process of learning the path may still lead to the treasure, but there may be significant loss along the way. Just like a treasure map, a poem can lead to so much more than just words on a page....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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The Death of a Toad - The Death of a Toad The poem “The Death of a Toad” incorporates the literary devices of structure, syntax, imagery, and diction to portray the speakers’ sarcasm. The poet leads the reader through the detailed stages of the toad’s death through out every stanza. The grammatical forms that the speaker uses is to help depict the scene of the dying toad. Another tool the speaker uses is to refer to death in an indirect way. The stanzas progressively illustrate the dying toad as well as the cynical view of the speaker. The first stanza incorporates a lot of imagery and syntax....   [tags: Papers] 424 words
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Exposing The Irony of McCarthyism - Both The Crucible and “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” agree with the hypocrisy and lack of sense that the time called the Red Scare or McCarthyism began, fed and ended. The Crucible uses the Salem Witch Trials as an allegory to show this side of the Red Scare while Bob Dylan uses an obvious sarcasm to show his point of view. Both Bob Dylan and Arthur Miller expose the irony of the time period called McCarthyism. The Crucible was written to show people living during the Cold War how ridiculous their thoughts, actions and beliefs were....   [tags: Communism] 676 words
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Manipulation of Syntax in Hills Like White Elephants - Ernest Hemingway has a superbly unique style of writing in Hills Like White Elephants. His short, to the point syntax and sentence style plays a great role in helping readers understand the theme of this short story. The critique M.A.K. Halliday observed, “The story is frequently generated by the repetition of words, clauses, and groups of related words or ethical sets” (Link, Alex). The first set of dialogue that can be pulled from this story is story is short and to the point. The American states, “We can have the whole world.” Jig replies with “No, we can’t” (Hemingway, Ernest)....   [tags: Hills Like White Elephants] 704 words
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Reality of War in Crane's War is Kind and Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade - Reality of War in Crane's War is Kind and Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade         An overwhelming tendency to fight and battle has plagued humankind since the dawn of the written word. Countless wars have been fought since the dawn of man and most times such conflict exists simply for its own sake with no productive end. Immense human suffering and death can be caused by conflicts that hold little logical justification. Since the birth of the written word, criticism and discussion have persistently followed the topic of war....   [tags: Charge of the Light Brigade Essays]
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Edward Abbey's Great American Desert - Edward Abbey's Great American Desert Environmentalist and desert-lover, Edward Abbey in his essay “The Great American Desert” warns readers about the perilous dangers of the American deserts while simultaneously stirring curiosity about these fascinating ecosystems. He both invites and dissuades his readers from visiting the deserts of North America through the use of humor and sarcasm. In this essay, he is rhetorically successful in arguing that the open spaces of the undeveloped deserts are sacred places in need of respect and protection through his clever use of pathos and logos....   [tags: Edward Abbey Great American Desert Essays] 1367 words
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Power and Control in Fanthorpe's You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly and Dictator - Power and Control in Fanthorpe's You Will Be Hearing From Us Shortly and Dictator Both poems have a sense of someone being controlled by someone who is higher then they are. What I think Fanthorpe is trying to make a point about is that we as humans are shallow, we judge before we actually get to know people properly. We will not change our minds about someone quickly as we base people on our first judgement of them, which is usually wrong. In 'you will be hearing from us shortly' the person is so unimportant to the interviewer that no matter what their answer to a question is, it is always wrong....   [tags: Papers] 1116 words
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Equality for Women A Critique of 'Why Sports is a Drag' by Dave Barry - Equality for Women A Critique of 'Why Sports is a Drag' by Dave Barry There are many women in today's society that fight for equality in just about everything. They want the same job opportunities, the ability to be given a good deal on a car, and the right to choose to stay home . Another area that women have recently begun fighting for equality in, is the sporting world. From professional sports teams such as the Women's National Basketball Association down through college, high school, and even elementary age teams, women are fighting for equality in a variety of sports activities....   [tags: Papers] 694 words
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The Role of Authority in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - The Role of Authority in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet This play was written by William Shakespeare in the late 16th century. It was intended to be performed to a live audience in the Elizabethan period. It was not proposed for a modern day audience. It the period it was written views such as religion, life, authority and much more so their views are much different to ours. There are three main types of authority. The state was one of those key figures. Prince Escalus of Verona was the head of state....   [tags: Papers] 889 words
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The Horrific Ending to Poe's The Cask of Amontillado - The Horrific Ending to Poe's The Cask of Amontillado End of the story is horrifying and shocking: Montresor traps and entombs living Fortunato behind the brick wall. The victim cries to the executioner: "For the love of God"(Poe, 214) but the only respond is ironical repeat of his own words. The story contains very strong and drastic images. Live burial practice is beyond any critic and "was once a practiced form of capital punishment. The historical context of this practice may indicate that Fortuanto wounded profoundly his friend....   [tags: Cask Amontillado Essays] 464 words
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Death of Love - In W.H Auden's poem "Funeral Blues," the poet uses the persona of a woman who appears to be mourning a death. The poem is dark and gloomy, and filled with symbolisms and imagery .The poet uses symbols of literal death, in the first verse "Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come," and again in the second verse, "Put crepe bows round the necks of the public doves," leading us to believe he is speaking of actual death. In the last line of the second verse, she states "Let the policemen wear black cotton gloves." We know that black is a symbol of death; we also know that policemen wear white cotton gloves at a funeral....   [tags: Poetry] 338 words
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Bradstreets Views Towards Male - Bradstreet’s views toward Male-Dominance As a female in a highly patriarchal society, Bradstreet expresses her feelings using a clever technique called reverse psychology to prove her point, her disapproval of her community’s belief of unequal treatment and prejudice against women. Bradstreet believes that women are treated unfairly in her society, regarding gender as insignificant. She faces many conflicts and struggles in her “Prologue”, expressing her opinion towards women’s rights, implying that gender is unimportant and male-dominance is wrong....   [tags: essays research papers] 653 words
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Jeff Jacoby's Bring Back Flogging - Jeff Jacoby's Bring Back Flogging      This essay by Jeff Jacoby illustrates an authors use of ironic sarcasm otherwise known as satire to defend and illustrate his platform on his position. Jacoby uses in this essay verbal irony (persuasion in the form of ridicule). In the irony of this sort there is a contrast between what is said and what is meant.      Jacoby’s claim in simple is he believes that flogging should be brought back to replace the more standard conventional method of the imprisonment of violent and non-violent offenders....   [tags: Jacoby Bring Back Flogging Essays]
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In a Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift, the main objective was to draw - In a Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift, the main objective was to draw attention to the plight of the Irish people and motiva In a Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift, the main objective was to draw attention to the downfall of the Irish people and motivate readers to find a workable solution. Unlike most essays, this is written for the reader to see through what the narrator is expressing. Swift shows the readers his proposal mainly through irony. Irony can be defined as expressing the opposite of what is meant....   [tags: English Literature] 994 words
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Techniques Louis de Bernières Uses to Portray the Effects of the War - What techniques does Louis de Bernières use to portray the effects of the war so powerfully. Louis de Bernières uses many techniques to portray the effects of the war as powerfully as he does. He uses techniques that vary from use of language, to using the diary of a homosexual soldier. In the in-between there are other techniques such as: contrast of the good and bad effects of the war; death, from the inside and the outside; or showing feelings from soldiers instead of numbers and figures. From my point of view, the use of language is the technique that sticks out the most....   [tags: English Literature] 956 words
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Creating a Voice in Poetry - Creating a Voice in Poetry Discuss how the poets create voices in their work. Write about Reports and one other poem. The poem 'Reports' focuses on one teachers cynical approach on writing school reports. This didactic poem take full advantage of using the imperative and pragmatics, as well as manipulating graphological features, such as the use of italics to indicate quotations. The poem is also written as a monologue, showing one side of a conversation, allowing the reader to focus on the opinions and character of an individual......   [tags: Reports Poetry Poems Literature Essays] 2682 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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Characters in the General Prologue to "The Canterbury Tales" - The Canterbury Tales are essentially a Chaucerian satire; the author sets out to deliberately upset the social order present at the time and proceeds to mock the faults innate in the characters. Chaucer gives a compressed view of characters such as the Knight and the Monk; in their descriptions, a preview of the kind of stories we can expect from these people is given. Take for example the Miller; his physical description alleviates him as a thick brute with a filthy mouth that was `moost of sin and harlotries', sufficed to say that his tale is one of adultery and sinful behaviour....   [tags: European Literature] 1231 words
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