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Two texts that portray food to lack comfort and nourishment are Text 21 The extract Act V Scene II and Act V Scene III, from Shakespeares tragedy from 1590 Titus Andronicus, and text 22 An extract from the beginning of The Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift published in 1729

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Food is not always shown to be a source of nourishment and comfort. Compare two texts from the anthology that demonstrates this. Two texts that portray food to lack comfort and nourishment are Text 21 ? The extract ?Act V Scene II and Act V Scene III?, from one of William Shakespeare?s earliest tragedy?s from 1590 ?Titus Andronicus?, and text 22 ? An extract from the beginning of ?The Modest Proposal? by Jonathan Swift published in 1729. The purpose of Text 21 is to entertain the reader. It is mainly aimed at adults and fans William Shakespeare. Similarly, text 22 is also meant to entertain the reader. However, even though text 22 could be considered to have an entertainment factor, text 22 is a satirical essay which is argumentative and a rhetorical social commentary, on a solution to the problem of hunger in Ireland in the 18th century. It is mainly aimed at Government and politicians as well as both the rich public of the 18th century. Text 21 is structured in chronological order. It starts with the scene, where Titus reveals the characters Murder and Rape to be Chiron and Demetrius respectively. ...read more.

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Again the detailed methodical step by step guide on how to achieve this is akin to how Titus in text 21 tells the villains how he is going to kill them. Again this vivid description is to help the audience and readers imagine he gruesome acts that are about to be performed. This only enhances the fact that the food might not be a source of comfort or nourishment. In text 21, during Act V Scene III when Titus is encouraging them to eat ?Will?t please you eat?? is creating dramatic irony, as the audience knows what the pasties are made of but, the characters don?t. The audience will feel nauseated watching the actors eat pies which have human flesh and bones. This only enhances the fact that food is not always a source of nourishment. Text 21 uses archaic language. This is associated with the date of its productions and reception. Also his intended audience was of the 16th century. Text 22 also uses archaic language but is a bit more modern than text 21. Text 1 has words such as ?coffin?, which meant pastry in the old days but now it is like a foreshadowing of their deaths. ...read more.

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Also, phrases like ?I am assured by our merchants? and ?assured by a very knowing American? suggests that he has done his research. All of this adds to the very sarcastic tone of the whole text. Even though, the readers will be able to recognise that the whole text is meant as a satirical essay, the idea will still repulse people and show them that food can not always be nourishing. However, the mention of actually baking people and serving them to guests is genuine. This shows that the ingredients in foods do not always provide nourishment or comfort. In conclusion, text 21 shows food is not always a source of comfort or nourishment as pasties with human flesh is served to guest at a dinner party. Similarly, in text 22 children is compared to cattle, as in using the children as a source of food. Even though this is similar to the concept in text 21, the author in text 22 is being sarcastic and mocking the government about the poverty in Ireland, unlike in text 21, where human meat was served at a meal. So, text 22 shows that some foods are not always a source of comfort or nourishing. ...read more.

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