“The Tale of Melon City is a political satire”. Explain

“The Tale of Melon City is a political satire”. Explain

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  1. The poem The Tale of Melon City is a political satire. In the poem, the king is described as just and placid. But ironically he is neither just nor soft. He orders to build an arch and his subjects are supposed to follow the orders without questioning him. When the arch turns out to be a little small in size, the king orders the execution of those responsible. He forgets his just and placid nature.

    When they are unable to reach any conclusion, the king orders that one who fits the noose should be executed. Ironically only he fits in it and is hanged. The people seem to be fed up with the authoritative rule of king and prefer melon as it will have minimal interference in their daily life. Thus the poem is a satire on rule which interferes too much in the lives of normal citizens.

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