Analysis Of A Midnight Modern Conversation By William Hogarth

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William Hogarth, an english painter, used satire in most of his works, including Beer Street, The Distrest Poet, and A Midnight Modern Conversation. Satire is the use of humor, exaggeration, and ridicule, which is used to effect social or political change, or to prevent social or political change. In Beer Street, The Distrest Poet, and A Midnight Modern Conversation, William Hogarth uses satire to convey a message to the person viewing his work of art. In the painting Beer Street, the streets are thriving with people who have just finished their hard days work of labor, sipping on England 's national brew. People are drinking, lining up to get something to drink, and talking and having a good time. Everything in the painting is joyus and prosperful, except the pawnbrokers shop. The building where the pawnbroker resides is falling apart. Bricks are missing and cracks in the building can be visibly seen from the outside. Many examples of…show more content…
In the painting, a group of about ten to fifteen individuals can be seen socializing and drinking. People appear to be having a good time with one man all the way to the left of the painting, is tilting his chair back and laughing as if someone had told him a funny joke. In the middle of the painting, a man is seen whose chair is lying on the ground with him on top of it as if he fell. There is a large pot with alcohol in the middle of the table where people are filling their cups with alcohol. The main element of satire in this painting deals with its portrayal of drunks. Many of these men in the picture look like they have had too much to drink, and William Hogarth uses humor, ridicule and exaggeration by having individuals looking disgruntled, fallen over, and stressed. Not all individuals back in the 1700’s were like this, some could drink responsibly, but William Hogarth exaggerates the social aspect of
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