+ 1-888-787-5890  
   + 1-302-351-4405  
 
 
 
 

Essay/Term paper: Juvenalian and horatian satire

Essay, term paper, research paper:  Argumentative Essays

Free essays available online are good but they will not follow the guidelines of your particular writing assignment. If you need a custom term paper on Argumentative Essays: Juvenalian And Horatian Satire, you can hire a professional writer here to write you a high quality authentic essay. While free essays can be traced by Turnitin (plagiarism detection program), our custom written essays will pass any plagiarism test. Our writing service will save you time and grade.



















Juvenalian and horatian Satire






















³Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.²
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The Battle of the Books, Preface (written 1697; published 1704).



Satire is known as the literary style which makes light of a subject, diminishing its importance by placing it in an amusing or scornful light. Unlike comedy, satire attempts to create humor by deriding its topic, as opposed to a topic that evokes laughter in itself. Satires attempt to give us a more humorous look at attitudes, advances, states of affairs, and in some cases ( as in Jonathan Swift¹s A Modest Proposal ) the entire human race. The least offensive form of satire is Horatian satire, the style used by Addison and Steele in their essays. A much more abrasive style is Juvenalian satire, as used by Jonathan Swift in the aforementioned essay A Modest Proposal. To better understand satire as a whole, and Horatian and Juvenalian satire in particular, these essays can provide for further comprehension than a simple definition of the style alone.
Horatian satire is noted for its more pleasant and amusing nature. Unlike Juvenalian satire, it serves to make us laugh at human folly as opposed to holding our failures up for needling. In Steele's essay The Spectator¹s Club, a pub gathering is used to point out the quirks of the fictitious Sir Robert de Coverly and his friends. Roger de Coverly is an absolute character. His failure in an amorous pursuit have left him in the past, which is shown through his manner of dress, along with his somewhat dubious honor of justice of the quorum. This position entails such trying duties as explaining Acts to the commoners. Also present is a lawyer who is more versed in ³Aristotle and Cognius² than in ³Littleton and Coke²(Norton, 2193), indicative of lawyers more interested in sounding learned than being capable of practicing actual law. Near him, a wealthy merchant whose concerns lie mainly in the wealth of England and himself, and who views the ocean as his marketplace. Captain Sentry is an old military man well practiced in the art of false modesty, a trait he detests in others. Also there is a clergyman who is so frail that he would sooner wait until the Lord sees fit to smite him than get on with the business of leading his life.(Norton, 2192-2195). All of these characters present traits present in all humans, but their presentation in such a silly and hypocritical context makes them humorous. In this way, Steele points out the reader¹s faults in an acceptable fashion.
Addison¹s Sir Roger at Church is a humorous account of Sir Roger de Coverly and the members of his parish. He gives books to his poorly read parishioners, ³will suffer no one to sleep in [church] besides himself² (Norton 2196), lengthens the Psalms, and pronounces his Amens repeatedly. At one point he stands and warns ³one John Matthews to mind what he is about²(Norton, 2196), and stop tapping his heels lest he disturb the congregation. The irony here, of course, is that Sir Roger has caused an even greater disturbance by standing and calling attention to this poor man (Norton, 2195-2197). An obvious poke at overly zealous churchgoers and clergymen, this work makes light of the entire situation. By doing so, readers find their own faults in a more humorous medium, rather than being affronted by a scathing attack.
The Juvenalian satirist approaches his work in a more serious manner and uses dignified language to attack erroneous thinking or vice. In this way Juvenalian satire evokes feelings of contempt, shock, and righteous indignation in the mind of the reader. It is this form of satire used by Jonathan Swift in A Modest Proposal. The irony is at once very subtle and very simple; Swift¹s proposal is not at all modest. In order to ease the economic burden of his countrymen, he proposes to eat surplus children in the populace, thereby creating a new food market and reducing overpopulation. He even suggest to sell these people by poundage. He uses stern logic to earn the reader¹s approval even before the reader knows of that which he is approving. This is done by taking the standpoint of a concerned humanitarian and patriot, when in fact his proposal is rather ghastly and inhumane. By ignoring the obvious immorality of his plan and speaking out of sheer benevolence, Swift makes this absurd proposition all the more outrageous (Norton, 2181-2187). The style he uses is quite serious and troubled, but the humor is easily appreciated in the far fetched jibe directed at those who always seem to have a plan for the common good and always have a logical explanation to justify their plan. While caustic and bitterly ironic, the selection exhibits a clever, albeit dry and weird, sense of humor.
Although satire, whether of the jovial Horatian style or the pitiless Juvenalian, can be affronting, there seems to be no malice in its mischief. Addison and Steele¹s intentions were only to improve the morals and intellect o their audience by challenging them to change. Thomas Swift even wrote in his ³prehumous² work Verses on the Death of Mr. Swift :
³Yet malice was never his aim
He lashed the vice but spared the name...
The satire points to no defect
But what all morals may correct...
He spared a hump, or crooked nose
Whose owners set up not for beaux...²(Abrams, 187)
In this verse we can see that the true aim of satire is not to ridicule faults of which a person is not aware or responsible, but to correct them.



1) The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Sixth
Edition, Volume I; Copyright 1993 W.W. Norton and Company, pp.2181-2197
2) A Glossary of Literary Terms, M.H. Abrams; Copyright
1993 Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, Inc., pp. 187-190
 

Other sample model essays:

Argumentative Essays / Juveniles
Do you remember doing something mischievous or wrong when you were a kid and getting the label "delinquent" slapped on you ? Did you ever wonder what it meant ? That is what my topic for today ...
Argumentative Essays / Karakterer
Karakterer Jeg har valgt å skrive denne stilen som en artikkel. Hurra, jeg fikk karakteren M+. Jeg fikk bare en G, hva kommer mamma og pappa til å si? ... nei, jeg fikk en NG, til neste pr...
Portrayal of the character Edna Her foils Setting- feminist mvment, etc. Style Intended to help the reader understand the character of Edna her actual beliefs external/internal influences To...
much irony. The first irony detected is in the way that Louise reacts to the news of the death of her husband, Brently Mallard. Before Louise's reaction is revealed, Chopin alludes to how the wid...
Kate's soliloquy bring about a joyous conclusion to The Taming of the Shrew. The audience leaves the theatre with a pleasant feeling, glad that such a shrew could be tamed so well. Kate herself...
Argumentative Essays / Kathrine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn Kathrine Hep, the winner of more acting awards than any other actress in history, is a very dynamic woman. She was born in Hartford Connecticut, on May 12, 1907. S...
Argumentative Essays / KEATS
McCurdy 1 Robert McCurdy Mr. McMichael English 202 KEATS John Keats suffered many hardships losing his family to tuberculosis, orphaned as a child and was " mastered and enslaved by a pining...
Argumentative Essays / Kid In Closet
Wolfgang knew about his father"s past. It wasn"t talked about much, but when it was, Wolfgang"s mouth would perspire saliva and he would swallow it with fear. His past scared him, scared him so muc...
Argumentative Essays / Killing For Sport
ENGLISH I . 1613 PAPER 7 KILLING FOR SPORT "Killing for Sport" by Joseph Wood Krutch is an opinionated work on the subject of hunting for sport. He uses rational appeals to press th...
British Literature / King Arthur The Legend
By the ninth century people all over were telling the fabulous tales and romances about Arthur and his kingdom. The common people heard them sung by bards, while in the court poets wrote differe...
it is always perfect
Frederick, Maryland, United States
The experience with Dream Essay is stress free. Service is excellent and forms various forms of communication all help with customer service. Dream Essay is customer oriented. Writer 17663 is absolutely excellent. This writer provides the highest quality of work possible.
Browns Mills, New Jersey, United States
Dream Essay is excellent. Writer 7135 is excellent. Met all requirements of the paper produce superb work. Thank you for your time and an excellent paper.
Browns Mills, New Jersey, United States
Writer 37301 is excellent produces assignments ahead of deadline which provides enough time for review and revisions, and the assignments are done according to rubrics. Excellent
Browns Mills, New Jersey, United States
Only competent & proven writers
Original writing — no plagiarism
Our papers are never resold or reused, period
Satisfaction guarantee — free unlimited revisions
Client-friendly money back guarantee
Total confidentiality & privacy
Guaranteed deadlines
Live Chat & 24/7 customer support
All academic and professional subjects
All difficulty levels
12pt Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1 inch margins
The fastest turnaround in the industry
Fully documented research — free bibliography guaranteed
Fax (additional info): 866-332-0244
Fax (additional info): 866-308-7123
Live Chat Support
Need order related assistance?—Click here to submit a inquiry
© Dreamessays.com. All Rights Reserved.
Dreamessays.com is the property of MEDIATECH LTD