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Satire Intro

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Sarah Montanari

on 25 February 2013

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“Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.” – Jonathan Swift Satire! So, what is satire? Remember..... Satirical Literary Styles Literary Terms and Techniques Satirical Devices Language & Satire Personal Attitudes in Satire an approach to a subject with irony and criticism,
which seeks to see changes or reforms in its target Satire is HUMOROUS & CRITICAL...

but it also aims to improve humanity PARODY - a style that imitates a subject using humor and highlights flaws or follies requiring change

CARICATURE - a literary style focusing on one characteristic, quality, or feature of a person or group of people, exaggerating it to a humorous level

BURLESQUE: a literary term to describe a work that twists a serious issue or subject into a humorous one, or takes a humorous subject and treats it as though it is serious WIT: verbal cleverness ALLUSION: reference to another well-known event, person, literary work, group, film, art, etc. Literal: using words as defined in a dictionary PESSIMIST: person who always expects the worst to happen What is Jonathan Swift saying about satire?
Can you think of a current example that demonstrates what he is saying? or..... a socially acceptable excuse to insult somebody you disagree with Types of Satire Horatian: light and humorous form
witty, tongue-in-cheek, gentle, optimistic

Juvenalian: dark and bitter form
bitter, contemptuous, sardonic Horatian satire: Parody: Caricature: Burlesque: EPIGRAM: short, comic remark usually containing a surprise at the end SARCASM: irony used to insult TONE: author's attitude toward a subject IRONY: verbal, situational, and dramatic Figurative: abstract use of words and their meanings metaphor, simile, personification, oxymoron, hyperbole, understatement OPTIMIST: person who always expects the best to happen CYNICS: people who do not trust the sincerity and/or motives of others MISANTHROPES: people who despise and distrust the human race POLLYANNA: people who believe things will always get better no matter how many misfortunes they experience “A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” – Oscar Wilde “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
-Oscar Wilde

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
– Mark Twain ***especially exaggeration!
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