Satire In Jonathan Swift's A Tale Of A Tur

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Throughout the entire recorded history, satire has been an art. We can find examples of satirical plays even before the genre had even defined, and today it is still a powerful tool for social critique. Satire was used for many authors to try to advocate social and political changes in times of unrest. However, this technique grew in an enormous way during the Restoration period. One reason of the development and rise of satire in this period could be the advent of the Age of Enlightment. But it was not the only one, all satire, constructive and destructive, arises because of the sense of dissatisfaction; after the restoration of Charles II to the throne of England, puritan morality and religiosity were dismissed as standards of excellence giving their place to “fashion and genteel taste”, awaking puritan fanatics, religious enemies and political enemies of monarchy against the king. It is when these people started to criticized the monarchy and the actual society through satire, because it presents evidence in an indirect way drawing conclusions inside the reader’s head. One of the authors who used irony in his plays was Jonathan Swift, he is actually known as one of the most famous satirists during the Restoration period. Through his works, such as “A tale of a Tub”, he satirizes several aspects of the English society. A Tale of a Tub is a prose satire which it is supposed to defend the Anglican Church, although many contemporary readers interpreted this play as an attack
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