Satire in "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town"
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This paper compares the satiric treatment of Plutoria and Mariposa in Stephen Leacock's "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town". The paper highlights how this work is a relatively gentle satire in some ways; while it does critique selfishness, greed, pretension, and the Mariposans' attempts to become something they are not, Leacock finds many admirable qualities in the small-town folk. The paper notes that he is much harsher of their Plutorian cousins, especially targeting the urban lack of humanity and community. The paper draws the conclusion that for all Leacock's awareness of the foibles small-town life, he remains convinced that the humanity found in community provides the greatest insurance against the corruption of modern life.
From the Paper:"Stephen Leacock's short-story series, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912) leaves few targets unscathed. In his satiric portrayal of the inhabitants of Mariposa, Leacock critiques small-town belief systems, as well as illusions, prejudices, individualism, extreme faith in technology, and selfishness. As the inhabitants of Mariposa argue and disagree amongst themselves, the humour their squabbling produces not only lampoons their views, but also reveals Leacock's faith in the power of community to create a better world. Despite its obvious flaws, Mariposa remains idealized little Canadian town that in its flaws reveals human foibles rather than cruelty. Plutoria, the American urban space, however, is more harshly critiqued for its lack of community and its excessive adherence to individualism."
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