Compare the Techniques That the Authors of Two Short Stories Used to Influence the Readers’ Point of View About the Central Ideas Explored in Each Text. Essay

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The two stories, Swastika and Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat, both have very different subject matters, and hence use different approaches to influence the reader’s point of view. Swastika, by Charles Bukowski, is a story involving an unnamed President of the United States who is kidnapped, and following his capture, surgeons exchange his brain and larynx for that of Adolph Hitler’s. Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat, by Roald Dahl, is a short story depicting the dysfunctional adulterating relationship between Mr and Mrs Bixby. Charles Bukowski influences the reader by using dark satirical humour highlighting the impossibility of the circumstances. Whilst Roald Dahl writes in a comical style that is relatable, which complements the social applicability of the subject matter. The different approaches of these authors leads to a question on the effectiveness and issues of both techniques. Swastika is a good example of a more satirical approach towards influencing the reader. Swastika is a story that tries to influence the reader by showing the absurdity of the conspiracy theories using strong Juvenalian satire. An example of this is after the operation to swap bodies and larynxes between the President and Hitler there were no “operating scars… no recuperating period…” (Charles Bukowski, Swastika) the absurdity, not to mention impossibility, of this is an obvious sign of what the author is trying to achieve. The technology and skills needed to accomplish this feat do not exist today, let alone in the 1980’s, which is when this story is set. This clearly satirical approach to writing is displayed continually throughout this story. The reference to Hitler’s patience in the take-over of America is so unlike what history has shown of Hitler that it again proves the ludicrousness of the theories, which is exactly what Charles Bukowski is trying to show. In

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