Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Voltaire and Swift
The more I read Candide, the more I discover similarities between Voltaire's rhetorical devices and those of Jonathan Swift. In "A Modest Proposal", Swift completely satirizes British authority by using irony and extreme examples of hyperbole, especially when he sardonically suggests that Irish children should be cooked and eaten. Similarly, Candide makes absurd references to cannibalism and satirizes religious structure. Both writers make statements about their respective views of society through comedic (and often horrific) details.