April 24, 2011
Authority; Author’s Itty Satire
“You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.” dfdddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd-Steven Comisky
Satire is seen throughout the world as a means to ridicule just about everything for its misgivings. Satire is one of the staples of humor; they both go hand in hand. In John Toole's novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, satire is displayed as one of the prominent themes. A key satirical target of the novel is people of high authority. The Sargent who is supposed to be a noble chief of officers is depicted in the novel as a silly and cruelly strict character. Similarly, Lana Lee, the owner of the Night of Joy, is a twisted and cheap character. Both these characters have high class jobs and have semi-respectable titles since they are basically in charge of their respective work areas. Toole uses these two prominent characters to satirize the twisted nature of those who are given great responsibility. Even though both these characters have important working positions, they both abuse their powers to benefit themselves. The main attacker of those with authority is the author himself. One of Toole’s purposes of his novel was to ridicule and question the morality of authority. The cruelty the sergeant sums together for Mancuso’s hard work is seen throughout the novel. After explaining the situation at the shopping center to the sergeant Mancuso receives a harsh response. “‘Jesus Christ!’ the sergeant said. ‘Trying to arrest a kid with his momma, bringing in somebody’s grampaw. Get the hell outta here, Mancuso, and take grampaw with you. You wanna arrest suspicious characters? We’ll fix you up’” (pg 18). Not only does the sergeant ridicule Mancuso as an officer but also punishes him and demoralizes him for no true reason. Out of this quote one can see his...