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Looking at legendary satirical work such as Jonathan Swifts A Modest Proposal you would hardly think about the similarities it has with more modern satire such as South Park This may seem like a extreme jump in styles of writing but the two are actually very similar If you first think about how both satires expose inequities and problems in society you will begin to realize these similarities As the title of satire implies both Swift and Stone and Parker the creators of South Park hide behind a cloak of comedy to voice their grievances toward society You will also notice the use of sometimes extremely shocking material to catch and captivate the attention of their respective audiences Now you may have notice one huge discrepancy in the comparison of these two Swift was talking about the starvation and suffering of the Irish people and South Park seems to focus on less dare we say important topics I plan to dispel any doubt on the fact that Swift and Parker and Stone are similar in more ways than you would think and I plan to do this by first showing their stylistic similarities next I will how their intentions are one in the same and finally how South Park addresses issues that are no less important to society today than starving Irish people in the eighteenth century The ability that both Swift and Parker and Stone have to point out the flaws in society by exaggerating these flaws and exhibiting them in a shocking and blunt manner The most obvious example of this in modest proposal i s the eating of children to both curb over population and create new revenue for Ireland but there are also more subtle instances throughout Swifts essay When he first introduces his proposal in his reasoning he states I do therefore humbly offer it to public consideration that of the hundred and twenty thousand children already computed twenty thousand
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