Changing Places

by David Lodge

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Where is satire evident in "Changing Places"?

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The author satirizes the institution of marriage and the concept of order.  In this work, the couples, in effect, end up switching spouses due to a faculty exchange program and find themselves happier with the other than with their real spouses.  This forces the couples to look at their own marriages and to examine why they were unhappy in the first place and what could be better.  Also, one of the universities experiences a student revolt, which causes complete chaos in the otherwise orderly world. Satire is when an author pokes fun at "serious" subjects, so by presenting humorous elements into an academic setting (a serious environment), satire is evident.

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