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Satire in Persuasion

Satire Examples in Persuasion:

Chapter 1

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"to cut off some unnecessary charities..."   (Chapter 1)

This is biting satire—the first expense to be curtailed is giving to charity.  In the 19th century, private charity was a primary source of help to the poor because institutional charity was not widely available.  Giving to local charities was expected of those in Baronet Eliot's class.


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