Essay Analysis Of The Book ' Thank You For Smoking '

1996 Words Apr 17th, 2016 null Page
Lucy O’Sullivan

In Thank You for Smoking, Christopher Buckley tightrope walks along a fine line of reality and absurdity with just enough dips into the irrational to render the novel a crafty work of satire. Buckley’s characters are absurd illustrations of everyday tropes, and the satire of the book ultimately shines through them rather than the world around them. BR takes the idea of the “corrupt boss” to a whole new level; everyone in the corporate world has believed their boss to be evil at one point, and BR’s character taps directly into that shared experience. Tall, overpowering, self serving, duplicitous - BR is the boss you hope you never have, yet somehow you always end up having. Jeanette also fills the role of the greedy co-worker who is constantly breathing down your neck and stepping on the heels of your job; together, they represent the worst of working in a corporate office and the claustrophobic feeling of being targeted by both the people working above you and below you. Buckley 's satire is so masterful that you find yourself relating to Nick’s feelings about BR and Jeanette, even viewing them as plausible characters. Who hasn’t thought, even for just a second, that their boss hated them or that their co-worker was trying to dethrone them? Satirical elements arise when Nick’s suspicions turn out to be completely true in that BR and Jeanette did have an elaborate plan to take Nick down, including kidnapping and planting fake evidence. BR and Jeanette’s…

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