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Transcript of Satire
To bring social attention to a certain belief, practice, or person through the use of humor.
To invoke change in society (Characteristics of Satire).
The purpose of the writing is more evident because the problem that needs to be addresses is under or over dramatized.
Educates people on what is happening or what may happen
The masses who are greatly influenced by satire may try to change society (Roman).
Example 1: "A Modest Proposal"
By Jonathan Swift
”I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled ...”
"Characteristics of Satire." BDU. Web. 7 Sept. 2013. <http://www3.dbu.edu/mitchell/
Roman. "An Analysis on the Use of Satire." Yahoo Voices. Web. 7 Sept. 2013.
"Satire." Dictionary.com. Web. 5 Sept. 2013. <http://dictionary.com/browse/satire
"Satire." No Cookie. Wikia, Web. 7 Sept. 2013. <http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/
the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc (Satire).
Rachel Allen and Stephen Church
Example 2: "Are the Rich Happy?"
By Stephen Leacock
"'Poor old Edward Overjoy!' he said, as the motor moved out of sight.
'What's wrong with him?' I asked.
'Hadn't you heard?' said my friend. 'He's ruined--absolutely cleaned out--not a cent left.'
'Dear me!" I said. 'That's awfully hard. I suppose he'll have to sell that beautiful motor?'
My friend shook his head. 'Oh, no,' he said. 'He'll hardly do that. I don't think his wife would care to sell that.'"
Example 3: "No Death Penalty, No Easter Bunny"
By Colin Cohen
For without the death penalty, Christ would not have died on the Cross; and ipso facto, he could not have been resurrected -- which is, of course, the foundation of the religion. Just think of all the glorious wars and crusades fought in the name of Christ, all the heretics burned at the stake, and all the intolerance and hatred of other faiths. None of these things could have been possible without the death penalty.
"A Modest Proposal" addresses the problem of poor Irish children burdening their family by providing another use for them. He satirically suggests eating poor children to bring attention to a problem in a humorous, albeit crass, way.
Stephen Leacock uses satire to humorously explain how the rich never actually run out of money, and simply say that they have gone bankrupt to get pity
Colin Cohen uses satire to make the claim that the death penalty gave rise to religion which now opposes the death penalty
Cohen, Colin. "No Death Penalty, No Easter Bunny." Satirical Essays. Web. 8 Sept. 2013.
Leacock, Stephen. "Are the Rich Happy?" About.com. Web. 8 Sept. 2013.
Swift, Jonathan. "A Modest Proposal." The Art Bin. Web. 8 Sept. 2013. <http://art-