Exaggeration of Issues in Society

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Exaggeration is something Voltaire Candide, Anonymous writer of Song of Roland, and Jonathan Swift "A Modest Proposal"have in common. In Voltaire's Candide, Candide travels through Europe and South America to understand the meaning of "the best of all possible worlds." In the end Candide decides that the best thing in the world is to "cultivate one's own garden." Song of Roland is about how Ganelon betrayed France which led to the Battle of Roncesvalles. Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal is an essay about how children at the age one should be to sold to butcher shops as meat. Societies in some form have always been ignorant, greedy, and corrupt. The three authors use exaggeration to show problems in their society related to ignorance, greed, and corruption. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge or understanding. In Song of Roland when the pagan said "Truly I must marvel at Charlemagne, who is grey and white over two hundred years from what I hear"(199-200) This quote is the perfect example of ignorance and exaggeration. Charlemagne is not over two hundred years old nor is he anywhere near that age. The pagan said this to show that Charlemagne is very old and gray. The pagans quote also shows ignorance because of the word "what I hear." Usually when people hear things from other people it can often be inaccurate or lacking an understanding of, which is ignorance. Another quote with ignorance is when Ganelon tells King Marsilion "and no more war for the rest of your life."(226) Ganelon can not prove that King Marsilion will not have to tolerate war for the rest of his life. In A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift is ignorant of the fact mothers love their children, and would most likely not give them up even if they are in poor c... ... middle of paper ... ...poverty is the definition of what greed and corruption are. Lastly, in Song of Roland examples of greed, corruption are when: Roland refuses to sound the olifant to ask for help,thinking that he look like a coward, Ganelon becoming a traitor to france, and Ganelon accepting a gift of five hundred pounds of gold from King Marsilon. The three authors use exaggeration as a way to clearly show problems in their society related to ignorance, greed, and corruption. Works Cited Corcoran, James, and Burton Beers. Prentice Hall Literature: World Masterpieces: Song of Roland. Trans: Fredrick Goldin. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991. Print. Corcoran, James, and Burton Beers. Prentice Hall Literature: World Masterpieces: Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991. Print. Voltaire. Candide. New York: Dover Publications, 1991. Print.

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