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Flaubert, Swift Comparison

A 5 page essay that compares 2 works. Jonathan Swift penned his satirical masterpiece, “A Modest proposal in 1729. Roughly a century later, Gustave Flaubert wrote “A Simple Heart” (also known as “A Simple Soul”). While considerably time separates these two works, examination of the principal theme addressed by both Swift and Flaubert demonstrates that the attitude of the middle and upper class that was directed towards the common people had not appreciably changed over the course of the intervening century. The common theme is the way in which the European upper classes regarded the working class. Both Flaubert and Swift indicate that the upper classes tended to objectify those who labored on their behalf, as working people, the poor, and their servants were viewed as being less than fully human. No additional sources cited.

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