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Satire and Irony In the story The Widow of Ephesus by Gaius Petronius and the poem True Love by Judith Viorst the authors portray love through the use of satire and irony They do this though a series of ironic twists humorous accounts and life experiences A satire is a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn In The Widow of Ephesus the narrator recalls a tale of love in which an apparently faithful woman discredits her vows of marriage after her husbands death She is tempted into this by a handsome young man who attempts to save her life after she decides to entomb herself with her dead husband This was not a very smart decision on her part but she does it for love and as a result she is taken advantage of through her hunger for food Instead of staying by her vigil of love she falls in love with another man in her husbands tomb This story is told to the crew of a ship that the narrator is riding on he tells them this story to expose the follies of woman and their adoration of love to the exclusion of all else He states Women are impetuous in love and would even neglect their own children while having an illicit affair He also stated that no woman he had ever known had the strength to resist a handsome man He proves this through the story and furthermore embarrasses a girl on the ship Tryphena who exhibits the same nature as she had an affair with Encolpius the narrator and is currently sleeping with Lichas the man Encolpius had once robbed Her two faced and impetuous nature is just the example Eumolpus depicts in the story but still it is her love for the Lichas that made her behave so stupidly In the poem True Love by Judith Viorst a wife is telling how
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