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1. What is satire? What does it add to a script? How is it used in the play The Beggar's Opera?

Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. It lends to the comedic content of a script while still applying the political or social commentary that the author wishes to make. In The Beggar's Opera, the sexual innuendos and games are a commentary on the stifling moral attitude of the 18th century. Likewise, Guy's rise through the ranks of the characters through sexual conquests and political favors is a scathing commentary on the often corrupt ruling classes of the time.

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