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What makes the Great Carbuncle by Nathaniel Hawthorne satire?i just need to understand...

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izzy33 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM via web

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What makes the Great Carbuncle by Nathaniel Hawthorne satire?

i just need to understand with a few examples why this story is a satire.

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lizziexoxo | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted October 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM (Answer #1)

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well a satire means the ridicule of human folly so The Great Carbuncle is a satire because it makes fun of how all the different people tried to reach the gem but all failed but Matthew and Hannah. The Seeker died before he could reach it, the cynic was to blinded by his stuborness, and all the rest of the people got lost; so in the end only the people with the good intentions found the gem and even when they found it thhey did not take it. So its making fun of people who are so wrapped up in material wealth that they dont see wht really matters.

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