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Transcript of SATIRE
AP Lang P. 6
24 October 2012
You can find
35 degrees East...
Turn right to find the
You will find
TYPES OF SATIRE
10 paces West...
At the fork in the road go left to get to
Take 20 paces North to find the
ridiculing the vices, follies, or weaknesses of a work, person, public body etc. with the intent of shaming individuals or society into improvement
critique of what author sees as dangerous religious, social, political, or moral standards
usually meant to create scathing humor
constructive social criticism using wit so that the person improves
"When people viewed the satire and saw their faults magnified in a distorted reflection, they could see how ridiculous their behavior was and then correct that tendency in themselves." (Wheeler)
direct, first-person-address, either to the audience or to a listener mentioned within the work
Ex: Alexander Pope's
in the form of a fictional narrative
Ex: Jonathan Swift's
focuses on laughter and ridicule while maintaining a sympathetic and playful tone, more tolerant and amused by imperfections
uses withering insults and abusive verbal attacks
usage of words that convey a meaning directly opposite than what is said/expected
harsh or bitter derision or irony
a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing
literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects
a literary or artistic composition so inferior in quality as to be merely a grotesque imitation of its model
"'The effect of reducing the scale of life in Lilliput is to strip human affairs of their self-imposed grandeur. Rank, politics, international war, lose all of their significance. This particular idea is continued in the second voyage, not in the picture of the Brobdingnagians, but in Gulliver himself, who is now a Lilliputian,' (Eddy, 149). And where the Lilliputians highlight the pettiness of human pride and pretensions, the relative size of the Brobdingnagians, who do exemplify some positive qualities, also highlights the grossness of the human form and habits, thus satirizing pride in the human form and appearance." (Galloway)
"X" marks the spot! To get your treasure, answer this question:
Which famous American animated sitcom from Fox Broadcasting Company is a perfect example of satire?
"Satire." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. 16 Oct. 2012. Wikimedia
Foundation, Inc., 2001. Web. 21 Oct. 2012
Wheeler, L. Kip. "Literary Terms and Definitions: S." Dr. Wheeler's Website. 10 Sept. 2012. Carson-Newman
College, 1998. Web. 21 Oct. 2012
"Travesty." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, LLC., 1995. Web. 21 Oct. 2012
"Burlesque." Wikipedia: The Free Encylcopedia. 24 Sept. 2012.
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 2001. Web. 21 Oct. 2012
Galloway, Shirley. "Swift's Moral Satire in Gulliver's Travels." Shirl's Site. 1994. Cyberpat.com, 1993. Web. 21 Oct. 2012
Zyglis, Adam. "Obama's Achilles Heel." Daryl Cagle's
PoliticalCartoons.com Store. 19 Oct. 2012. Cagle Cartoons Inc., 2001. Web. 21 Oct. 2012
"First World Problems." Dir. Ryan Higa. Perf. Ryan Higa, Dtrix, Lara
Mckissack, Nathan Moore, Justin James Hughes, Nate Owens, Greg. nigahiga, 2012. Youtube Video
No one likes us-I don't know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
But all around, even our old friends put us down
Let's drop the big one and see what happens
We give them money-but are they grateful?
No, they're spiteful and they're hateful
They don't respect us-so let's surprise them
We'll drop the big one and pulverize them
Asia's crowded and Europe's too old
Africa is far too hot
And Canada's too cold
And South America stole our name
Let's drop the big one
There'll be no one left to blame us
We'll save Australia
Don't wanna hurt no kangaroo
We'll build an All American amusement park there
They got surfin', too
Boom goes London and boom Paris
More room for you and more room for me
And every city the whole world round
Will just be another American town
Oh, how peaceful it will be
We'll set everybody free
You'll wear a Japanese kimono babe
And there'll be Italian shoes for me
They all hate us anyhow
So let's drop the big one now
Let's drop the big one now
Political Science - Randy Newman
"Political Science (song)." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. 5 Aug.
2011. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 2001. Web. 23 Oct. 2012
comes from the Latin word "satur" and the subsequent phrase "lanx satura"
Satur meant "full," but the juxtaposition with lanx shifted the meaning to "miscellany or medley"
"a full dish of various kinds of fruits."