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Jonathan Swift has suggested that Satire is a sort ofGlass wherein Beholders do generally discover every bodys Facetheir own which is the chief reasonthat so few are offendedwith it Richard Garnett suggests that Without humour satireis invictive without literary form and it is mere clownishjeering Encyclopaedia Britannica 14th ed vol 20 p 5Whereas Swifts statement suggests that people are not offendedby satire because readers identify the characters faults withtheir own faults Garnett suggests that humour is the key elementthat does not make satire offensive With any satire someone isbound to be offended but the technique the author uses canchange something offensive into something embarrassingStephen Leacocks Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich isa nonthreatening humorous and revealing satire of the moralfaults of upper class society The satire acts as a moralinstrument to expose the effect money can have on religiongovernment and anything within its touch Writing about suchtopics is hard to do without offending people Leacockstechnique combines money with humour and accompanies his moralmessage with ironic characters their exaggerated actions and aconstant comical tone to prevent readers from being offendedLeacocks utopian world is filled with humorous labels thatrepresent the Plutonians personalities Ourselves Monthly amagazine for the modern self-centered is a Plutonian favouriteTo fill their idle days the Plutonian women are in an endlesssearch for trends in literature and religion Without thedistractions of club luncheons and trying to achieve the HigherIndifference the women would have to do something productiveReaders that identify themselves with the class of people thePlutonians represent would be embarrassed rather than offended byLeacocks satirical portrayal of themThe Yahi-Bahi Oriental Society exaggerates the stupidityof the Plutonians to a point where the reader laughs at thecharacters misfortunes The con men give ridiculous propheciessuch as Many things are yet to happen before others beginLeacock 87 and eventually take their money and jewelry Theexaggeration increases the humour while the moral message isdisplayedThe characters of the novel are ironic in the sence thatthey percieve themselves as being the pinicle
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