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"The Passing of Grandison" satire questions...

Please see the satire below. It is located on page 42 and is titled "The Passing of Grandison". I am a little confused and need help explaining 1) How humor plays a role in the story? 2) What other meaning might "passing" take on in this tale as it refers to Grandison? What does he try to pass himself off as?

Please see the following reference:
"Week Two: Freedom and the Gilded Age" Hardcopy: American Literature Since the Civil War. Create edition. McGraw-Hill, 2011.
ISBN-10: 1121233104 ISBN-13: 9781121233102

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You can tell that satire will play a major role in this essay because it's introduced at the beginning.

"When it is said that it was done to please a woman, there ought perhaps to be enough said to explain anything; for what a man will not do to please a woman is yet to be discovered" (42).

Do you see the humor here? That a man will do most anything to please a woman, even make a fool of himself and others?

Since this is a story about race (a delicate subject for the time of its publication) the story includes humor so as not to offend, to mask the racial implications. Humor is used to treat sensitive topics so the author's audience will not be alienated by the subject matter.

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Solution Summary

A variety of examples that show how to find irony and sarcasm in "The Passing of Grandison." The technique can be used for any story that calls for analysis.

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