Brideshead Satire - 510 March 27, 2007 Period 2 AP Brit Lit...

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510 March 27, 2007 Period 2 AP Brit Lit Brideshead Satire Satire is a literary form in which a topic, group, or event is criticized in a way that is inadvertent and often humorous. A certain target of satire in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is Catholicism, which is also the main theme throughout the story. The religious beliefs of Catholicism are constantly questioned and explained throughout the story, and the beliefs often influence the events of the story. As Evelyn Waugh was a convert to Catholicism himself, his intention when using satire targeted at Catholicism was not to demean or attack the religion, but only to display a human folly while adding humor to the story. This type of non-cynical and humorous satire is known as Horatian Satire. A good example of Evelyn Waugh’s satire is the conversation between Cara and several of the Flyte siblings before Lord Marchmain passes away. The conversation first starts out between Charles, Brideshead, and Julia
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