love under the republicans or democrats essay

love under the republicans or democrats essay - Yuna Wang...

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Yuna Wang Discuss the Poet’s Tone Ogden Nash’s “Love under the Republicans (or Democrats)” is written in a light and facetious tone, though it harshly judges society’s idea of “luxury”. With the employment of sarcasm in this poem, Nash challenges the “American dream” and questions the ultimate effect of such a lifestyle. Though sarcasm is often difficult to spot in writing, Nash’s poem blatantly utilizes it from the very beginning. He references a “…dear little walk-up flat / with practically room to swing a cat” as if owning a miniscule, cramped apartment is a hugely meritable accomplishment. The reader can evidently see, however, that Nash is actually implying the opposite. He rejects this simple acceptance of an economy s poor that one must plant “a potted cactus to give [a home] hauteur” in order to create an illusion of wealth. Yet through his usage of sarcasm, the narrator clearly portrays post-depression life as just that: an illusion. Americans need “the peculiar wine of Little Italy” to convince
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Unformatted text preview: themselves that they are indeed living in a Golden Age at the peak of luxury, and ignore the fact that they must satisfy themselves with cheap imitations of something supposedly great. Finally, with matter-of-fact irony, Nash ends the poem by stating “And one of these days not too remote / I’ll probably up and cut your throat”. With this startling shift of mood, Nash effectively conveys his opinion that society is keeping people from seeing their actual situation, ad that one cannot just blindly bear the state of over-simplified economical crisis. Yuna Wang As the poem draws to a conclusion Nash has certainly portrayed Republican (or Democratic) life in a different perspective. Through his ironically colloquial words, he forces the reader to view life in the United States without the distorted lens that society has created for them, and question why, if they’re really living the “American Dream”, they are still not happy....
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