How Satire Functions

Find two academic sources devoted to “satire,” then use this research* in a compare/contrast essay that analyzes how satire functions in Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and Du Bois’ “A Mild Suggestion” (the research you find should not be devoted to Swift or Du Bois). Why might Swift’s and Du Bois’ uses of satire be an effective way to make an argument? (In other words, why do they think these bizarre essays would make for a more successful argument than one provided in a more honest and straightforward essay?) Ultimately, which of the two writers more successfully employs satire to make his argument? What makes one argument more successful than the other? Analyze specific parts of Swift’s and Du Bois’ texts in order to answer these questions.

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