Determining The Purpose Of Swift's Essay

Targets of Satire


In the next episode, you’ll take a look at various targets of satire through the ages. These are groups that have been frequently satirized, in the past as well as the present. They include women, romantic love, parenting, and education.

  • Read or skim at least two of the texts for the target groups. The texts can be found in the Topic Readings and Independent Readings sections of More to Explore, and include the following options:
    • “The Dissection of a Beau’s Head” by Joseph Addison
    • “Soccer Crazy”
    • “Best College Essay”
    • “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins
    • The Misanthrope by Molière
    • Prologue to The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen