Essay on William Shakespeare 's The Nineteenth Century

2042 Words Oct 6th, 2015 9 Pages
The eighteenth century presented itself as a very interesting time in history, especially in the literary world. Changes were occurring in British society, as well as Europe as a whole, which sparked a change in literature. Literature became more satirical and authors felt that they had more of an obligation to "out" crooked politicians, a monarch that did not do much, or to even go as far as to criticize other authors and their incapability of proving themselves worthy of joining the literary elite. Authors such as Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Oliver Goldsmith, all left a tremendous imprint on eighteenth century literature, and for centuries to come. Even though they were considered as satirical writers, Pope and Swift hold more similarities to each other, while Goldsmith; who began writing at a later time: is a little more different. Pope and Swift tend to be more calculated with their work, as portrayed in Pope 's "an Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot" and Swift "Sect. 10: A Tale of a Tub". Goldsmith on the other hand, although very eloquent and understandable, comes off as somewhat accidental and comic as seen in "the Bee" and "Citizen of the World". All three use different means to convey their message, and have their own specific agenda, or issues they wish to address. However, as much as they think themselves to be humble, they do come across as believing themselves to be more knowledgeable of society, and what is happening around them, ultimately making them "better"…

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