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Transcript of Satire
-Vladimir Nobokov, author of Lolita Excerpts from A Modest Proposal by
Jonathan Swift It is a melancholy object to those who walk through this great town or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads, and cabin doors, crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags and importuning every passenger for an alms...
I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection...
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; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee or a ragout. The family feud between the The Shepardsons and Grangerfords satirizes a historical feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Twain mocks the human condition by showing us how ridiculous their feud is.
Pg. 81-82 Since we've gone over some examples, in groups of 3-4, try to craft a few satirical lines.
Certain topics and figures are quite easy to satirize. If you are lost, reality shows, politicians, and war will be good topics to satirize.
Keep the definition of satire in mind while the group writes.
We will share a few if there is still time. By: Kyle Welch A literary form that targets actions, institutions, people, or beliefs to ridicule or reform them. If anyone wants to read the whole essay, check out: http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html Questions to Consider:
1. What subject does Swift satirize?
2. What is his tone?
3. Which type of satire would you classify this as? Three Types of Satire: 1. Horatian: seeks to criticize;
is gentler in nature; accepts human follies
2. Juvenalian: attacks and mocks;
is harsher in nature; addresses evil through scorn
3. Menippean: criticizes at very broad levels;
the satire of literature Satire and parody are two commonly confused literary terms
Sometimes, satire may feature parody, but the two terms are not interchangeable.
Parody- mocks something or someone that/who already exists. Satire doesn't have to be... Funny
Political in nature “It’s an Afghanistan goat, so it can’t stay here, or else it’ll choke on the sweet air of freedom.” — Cartman on a goat sent to him and his friends by some kids in Afghanistan There’s a time and a place for everything, and it’s called college.” — Chef Satire The Hatfield Clan. What a charming bunch... Political Cartoons The most common type of satire that we encounter is political satire. Why? We can all agree that political reform is needed! Satire vs. Parody