Porterhouse Blue Figurative Language Essay

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Compare the two texts from The Anthology in which the authors use descriptions of luxurious food to satirise powerful people. (Porterhouse Blue and The Warden) Porterhouse Blue, written in the early 1900’s, was written to satire the church. This was because the church controlled nearly everything in the country at the time. Being in charge of schools and the law, the church was the leading party. The Warden similarly was written to undermine the church in the early 19th century. The author, Anthony Trollope was inspired to write such a negative piece of literature after being sent to research rural mail delivery, he visited Salisbury Cathedral, this is where he created the plot. Trollope was bullied whilst at an elite school for being “poor”. Both texts where written to show how greedy and wasteful the church is, eating “two hours” worth of food. At the time, rich tyrants would have servants in another room with feathers, to throw up the food, so they could eat more. They enjoyed taste. They lived to eat. They were both written for a well read audience; the texts are both full of complicated lexis like “episcope”, “conviviality”, “dyspeptic” and “contiguous”. The structure of The Warden is very simple, one long block, no paragraphs; this is to…show more content…
There’s an underlying semantic field of cleanliness and innocence; “snow-white napkin” “without sacrifice” this shows how the church liked to act like they were righteous and perfect. They never did anything wrong. Porterhouse Blue shows similar properties of the church, drinking “Pouilly Fumé” they have more money than sense, spending for the sake of spending despite the economy being so poor in that time
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