Thesis statement: In the satire “A Modest Proposal,” Jonathan Swift addresses a problem that is extremely serious on a grand scale and uses a somber tone to present his solution; however, in the parody “An Innocent Proposal,” Benjamen Pewitt refers to a less significant concern and his plan to fix it is meant to be hilarious. I.
Most people have watched and probably laughed at the television series South Park or the movie Spaceballs. These are two great examples of satire and a parody. Satires and parodies are created in all kinds of formats from movies and television shows to music, books, and plays. One of their main purposes is to entertain the audience, and most of the time they are extremely humorous. But they are also created for very specific reasons. For example, the Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines satire as "a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn." An example is in an episode of South Park when Stan’s girlfriend breaks up with him because his Facebook status is single. This makes fun of America’s obsession with Facebook. As further noted by Merriam-Webster a parody is “A literary or musical work in which the style of the author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule.” Spaceballs is a great representation of this definition because it mocks Star Wars, and the entire plot for the movie is based on Star Wars. In the satire “A Modest Proposal” Jonathan Swift addresses a problem that is extremely serious on a grand scale and uses a somber tone to present his solution; however, in the parody “An Innocent Proposal” Benjamen Pewitt refers to a less significant concern, and his plan to fix it is meant to be hilarious. Swift’s home country, Ireland, is in a dire state of need, and they are becoming desperate. People’s lives are at stake if significant obstacles are not soon overcome. Jane E. Aaron, the author of...
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