Finally, in Gulliver’s Travels the audience is left to ponder the true state of mankind. Though each of the above works varies in the degree of satire employed, the pattern among them accentuates how satire can best be understood not only as a lens of criticism, but also in captivating the audience into considering their own role in the criticism. Often times, as has been shown, the authors’ utilize the end-states of protagonists to emphasize critique made throughout the literary work. Yet, the degree of ambiguity serves to engage the audience, which leads to a greater effectiveness of the satire. Therefore, returning to Swift’s quote on satire, the most effective satires not only allow for beholders to discover everybody else’s face, but through degrees of ambiguity, they also are able to discover their own.
One shining example of satire in literature is Geoffrey Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales the General Prologue, The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale, and The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale. Chaucer uses his satire to call attention to the issues he sees in their society and the audience he chiefly addresses are those who are being fooled by their firm belief in the church and others with hypocritical intentions. In The General Prologue uses satire to describe the characters he will introduce, The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale is his attack on the catholic church, and The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale is his attack on the social pyramid especially where women are concerned. Each prologue or tale, Chaucer had cleverly designed with the use of satire to describe and ridicule issues he sees inside his own society. Chaucer begins his Canterbury Tales with the General Prologue in which he will describe the individuals the narrator is on the pilgrimage with which will be the foundation of his satiric approach as well as warning to the more simple people at that time.
Satire can be used in a good way or a bad way, it just depends on how you apply it. In the way that Chaucer applied it he wanted to make a lot of people mad and he accomplished just that. All in all, Chaucer did an excellent job when it came to using satire to reach his intended audience. Chaucer’s General Prologue is a masterpiece of satire due in large part to his frequent and often viciously funny use of verbal irony. Henry Kewt says here, that he is the king of irony, when it comes to The Canterbury Tale.
The fear he exhibits makes readers feel pity towards him because he is innocent and it creates a negative view of the church and of the government in Florence. Corruption in this case destabilizes the morals of politics because Dante was cheated for a higher official to benefit. In summation, Dante Alighieri uses cantos 19 and 22 in order to covey that the morals of politics and leaders are undermined by corruption. Dante teaches us about the history and politics of his time and he teaches us that it can influence the way society views politics and religion. Through this book we are reminded of how far society has come and how it is able to operate as it still does today.
Voltaire was a big believer in writing about things that really happen to others. Some of the tools he uses are irony, symbolism and satire. The point I will be talking about is satire. Voltaire choices satire because this way he can make a joke out of serious matters such as death, rape, and murder. Through his satire, Voltaire sometimes expressed outrage, and other times he was playful.
Sophocles, writing King Oedipus faced an unusual problem. He needed to find ways to engage an audience that has pre-knowledge of the plot and characters. He successfully does this to a high degree by using several techniques such as, irony, climax and anti-climaxes, plot and character twists, lack of resolution and foreshadowing. The most effective feature utilized by Sophocles is irony because it builds tension, keeps the audience alert and has the effect of black comedy. The most common kind of irony is spoken irony which occurs in most dialogues.
Sophocles made liberal use of irony. By doing this he tantalized the viewer into wanting to see how the events that occurred later would mentally affect the main character, in this case Oedipus. Oedipus is self-confident, intelligent, and strong willed. Ironically these are the very traits which bring about his tragic discovery. Because of these traits Oedipus was able to solve the riddle given... ... middle of paper ... ... attempted to show examples of dramatic irony and how they apply to the story line in the play.
Wilson pokes fun at this situation because it happens so often. Wilson's two passages show clearly that he is using satire. He uses it to mock our social society, and uses it to prove that we need to look at things from other people's points of view, because usually, it isn't what we think it is. He is extremely successful in conveying his message and further adds to it by throwing in irony and humor. His writing forces the reader to look at two sides to an issue that is widespread and notice the similarities and how unnecessary the separation is.
Overall the statement shows what his intentions are, in many Shakespearean plays the soliloquy is used as dramatic irony to get the audience involved into the story; it is also used for the character to enlighten the audience with his version of events. The plan could be to ruin Cassio’s life. ‘To get his place and plume up my will in double knavery’ (Act 1 sc.3 L.374) Iago wants Cassio’s job, as Cassio was promoted with the job that Iago wanted to get, but ‘plume up my will’ is an unusual phrase to say, it suggests that Iago wants to have a bit of fun while double crossing Cassio but... ... middle of paper ... ... plan, though, could have been a lot darker then he put out to be. He could have been jealous of Othello and Desdemona and either wanted Othello or Desdemona for himself, he could be jealous of Desdemona for being so close to Othello and he knows he could never be unless he makes her out to be a deceitful whore, which he does. Iago is definitely to blame for all bad feelings between Othello and Desdemona as made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be to make Othello feel that Desdemona is deceitful.
Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer comments on moral corruption within the Roman Catholic Church. He criticizes many high-ranking members of the Church and describes a lack of morality in medieval society; yet in the “Retraction,” Chaucer recants much of his work and pledges to be true to Christianity. Seemingly opposite views exist within the “Retraction” and The Canterbury Tales. However, this contradiction does not weaken Chaucer’s social commentary. Rather, the “Retraction” emphasizes Chaucer’s criticism of the Church and society in The Canterbury Tales by reinforcing the risk inherent in doing so.