The Loved One

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The composer’s use satirical techniques to show humility’s countless attempts to cheat death and by doing so, leads to the death of spiritual, emotional and cultural death of our society. Through the two texts, “The Loved One” by Evelyn Waugh a post-war satirical novel written in 1948 that deals with the superficiality and materialism of the funeral industry in modern day society and “death” an episode of the popular British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous written in the 90’s that comments on the rise of consumerism and the trivializing of death. Both texts depict their purpose through the use of satirical devices such as macabre humor, hyperbole, understatement, caricature, parody and juxtaposition. The texts studied both critique to the death of culture, emotion and spirituality in our society to show our lack of moral standards and reinforce the ever-present reality of our imminent death.

Conclusion
Both composers, Waugh and Saunders, successfully use satire to critique modern society’s values and ideas and by doing so demonstrate the ever-present reminder that “death is at the elbow”. Society’s attempts to cheat death are exhibited in each text such as Eddy in Absolutely fabulous buying art so she has something for people to remember her from and Whispering Glades in the loved one. Each text uses satirical devices to depict the death of spirituality, emotion and culture in our society. Intro

The composer’s use satirical techniques to show humility’s countless attempts to cheat death and by doing so, leads to the death of spiritual, emotional and cultural death of our society. Through the two texts, “The Loved One” by Evelyn Waugh a post-war satirical novel written in 1948 that deals with the superficiality and materialism of the funeral industry in modern day society and “death” an episode of the popular British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous written in the 90’s that comments on the rise of consumerism and the trivializing of death. Both texts depict their purpose through the use of satirical devices such as macabre humor, hyperbole, understatement, caricature, parody and juxtaposition. The texts studied both critique to the death of culture, emotion and spirituality in our society to show our lack of moral standards and reinforce the ever-present reality of our imminent death.

Conclusion
Both composers, Waugh and Saunders, successfully use satire to critique modern society’s values and ideas and by doing so demonstrate the ever-present reminder that “death is at the elbow”. Society’s attempts to cheat death are exhibited in each text such as Eddy in Absolutely fabulous buying art so she has something for people to remember her from and Whispering Glades in the loved one. Each text uses satirical devices to depict the death of spirituality, emotion and culture in our society.

The loved one-English Essay

When you compare these two texts and their contexts, how was your understanding of the theme studied, developed and reshaped?

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The death of spirituality is shown through both guru Brahmin and Whispering Glades as an eclectic mismatch of religion, and by cumulating each religion it causes a loss of importance in society. “ENTER STRANGER and BE HAPPY” (pg. 39) this quote directly parody’s the builder and by using this quote Waugh questions the sanitizing and presentation of death as a celebration in order to minimize sadness and pain. Eddy ironically calls herself a Buddhist which completely juxtaposes her narcissistic behavior “No grave for me darling I’m a Buddhist anyway darling” this quote directly relates to the death of spirituality in society by the ignorance of the Buddhist religion which leads to people ironically calling themselves Buddhists giving the religion less meaning. Both social satire texts directly satire moral and spiritual beliefs and by doing so question the modern society’s attempts to remove the reality of the afterlife with the contentment of a humanist oasis which is seen in...
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