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Hi. My name is Josiah. And sometimes I eat raw ravioli just because I like the taste of it.


Hi. I'm Josiah, and did you know that I was an extra on the hit movie Meaning Of Life:
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Look up the movie, I'm on page 36 of the full cast crew on IMDB.



Hi. I'm Josiah, and did you know that I play in the best selling metal band As I Lay Dying(on the right):

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From Left: Sam, Derek, Josiah.



Hi. I'm Josiah, and today, I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT SOCIAL COMMENTARIES AND THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR. I AM GOING TO DO THIS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE ALL CAPS IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR BEING COOL.


WHAT IS A SOCIAL COMMENTARY?
- ANY FORM OF LITERATURE, ART OR MEDIA THAT CRITICIZES A GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL.
- USUALLY CRITICIZES THE CURRENT SOCIAL OR POLITICAL STATE OF A STATE.


- YOU MIGHT HAVE WORKED OUT TWO THINGS BY NOW:
1) THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR IS A SOCIAL COMMENTARY
2) I REALLY LIKE TO BOLD, ITALIC, UNDERLINE, OR IF I AM FEELING BOLD, I WILL USE ALL THREE AT ONCE. YOUR MIND IS NOW BLOWN.


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Catherine the Great, the greatest ruler of imperialist Russia. - Died from having sex with a horse. Go look it up.



THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL STATE OF RUSSIA:
- LOOKING AT THE STATE OF RUSSIA HELPS US UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS HATING ON:
- CORRUPTION
- BRIBERY
- TSARIST AUTOCRACY


CORRUPTION IN RUSSIA
- THE STORY OF A SMALL JEWISH VILLAGE WITH AN EXTREMELY CORRUPT MAYOR.
- THE MAYOR IS CORRUPT AND HE TREATS MANY PEOPLE UNFAIRLY.
- THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR IS COMING AND THE MAYOR TRIES TO HIDE ALL THE TOWN'S MISDEEDS.
- THIS CORRUPTION PLAGUED RUSSIA THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE IMPERIALIST PERIOD.


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It's an inside joke.



BRIBERY AND INFIDELITY
- THE STORY DOCUMENTS HOW THE MAYOR TAKES "LOANS" FROM MERCHANTS.
- THE FALSE INSPECTOR TRICKS THE MAYOR AND DEMANDS MASSIVE BRIBES FROM THE VILLAGE, AND THE VILLAGE COMPLIES.
- THE FALSE INSPECTOR FLIRTS WITH NOT ONLY THE MAYOR'S WIFE, BUT ALSO HIS DAUGHTER.


TSARIST AUTOCRACY
- THE TSARIST AUTOCRACY INSISTS THAT THE TSAR IS THE ABSOLUTE MONARCH.
- THE AUTOCRACY WAY OF GOVERNING IS DOCUMENTED IN THE STORY.
- THEY SEND INSPECTORS TO "INSPECT" THE TOWN.
- NIKOLAI WAS HIGHLY AGAINST THIS POLITICAL THEORY, THUS THE STORY IS ABOUT HOW THIS STYLE OF RULING DOES NOT WORK.



SO WHY IS THIS A SOCIAL COMMENTARY?
TO UNDERSTAND THIS, WE MUST FIRST DELVE INTO THE WORLD OF SOCIAL COMMENTARIES. SOCIAL COMMENTARIES CAN COME IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS. USUALLY, IT IS EITHER:

- NON-FICTIONAL - SPEECH, RADIO BROADCAST, ESSAY, THESIS.
- A SATIRE - USUALLY FICTIONAL, USES HUMOR AND WIT TO GET POINT ACROSS.
- AN IDEAL SCENARIO - FICTIONAL STORY WHERE THE PLOT EMPHASIZES THE VIEW OF THE AUTHOR


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Judging from how he looks he was probably on the recieving end.



SO WHICH ONE IS IT DAMN IT?
OKAY, SO PRETTY SIMPLE STUFF RIGHT? THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR IS AN "IDEAL SCENARIO" TYPE OF SOCIAL COMMENTARY. TO FIND OUT WHY IT IS AN "IDEAL SCENARIO" SOCIAL COMMENTARY, WE MUST FIRST ESTABLISH THE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR. AND THAT IS:


"(G)IMPERIALIST RUSSIA DOES NOT FUNCTION.
IT IS CORRUPT AND INEFFICIENT."


SO HOW DOES HE APPLY THIS TO THE PLAY?
NOW THAT GOGOL'S VIEWPOINT IS ESTABLISHED, WE CAN (ANAL)YZE HIM AND HIS BOOK. SO WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR AN "IDEAL SCENARIO" SOCIAL COMMENTARY?


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If you looked at his left hand, you get punched.



- IN THE BOOK, THE PLOT EMPHASIZES NICKOLAI'S VIEWPOINT.
- HE CREATES A PLOT THAT IS AN IDEAL SITUATION.
- IDEAL FOR THE POLITICAL THEORY OF IMPERIALIST RUSSIA TO FAIL:


FOR EXAMPLE, THE PLOT IS ABOUT HOW THE PEOPLE ARE CORRUPT AND MALICIOUS UNDER TSARIST AUTOCRATIC RULE. YOU SEE?


- HE IS CREATING A STORY WITH A PLOT THAT EMPHASIZES HIS VIEWPOINT.
- AND BECAUSE THIS AN "IDEAL SITUATION" COMMENTARY THE PLOT IS OF COURSE, ABOUT HOW (G)IMPERIALISM DOES NOT WORK.

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