Use of Satire and Irony in The Widow of Ephesus and the poem True Love

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Use of Satire and Irony in The Widow of Ephesus by Gaius Petronius and the poem “True Love” by Judith Viorst

In the story The Widow of Ephesus by Gaius Petronius and the poem “True Love” by Judith Viorst, the authors portray love through the use of satire and irony. They do this though a series of ironic twists, humorous accounts, and life experiences.

A satire is a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn. In The Widow of Ephesus, the narrator recalls a tale of love in which an apparently faithful woman discredits her vows of marriage after her husband's death. She is tempted into this by a handsome young man, who attempts to save her life after she decides to entomb herself with her dead husband. This was not a very smart decision on her par...

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