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Tools of Satire, Problems with Satire

adapted from Kelli Fimbinger's template
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Ian Doreian

on 7 April 2015

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Transcript of Tools of Satire, Problems with Satire

Literary Device
holding up human
vices
and
follies
to
ridicule
and
scorn
Genre
A work (novel, essay, cartoon) filled with satire


Satire is often used as social criticism, as a way to shame individuals and/or society into changing.
Tools of Satire:
Irony
Verbal: says one thing but means the complete opposite
(sarcasm)

Situational: an unexpected happening
(incongruity)
Parody
using
imitation
to mock, comment on, or trivialize an original work, its ideas or its creator
Hyperbole
An
exaggeration
meant to evoke strong feeling or emotion.
Satire
is all around us:
-"South Park"
-"The Simpsons"
-"Family Guy"
-"Saturday Night Live"
-Dave Chappelle
-The Office
-The Onion
-Tosh.O
Satire
Caricature
Exaggerating
the
characteristics
of a person or object
(stereotype?)
Bathos
-overly
sentimental
-aims for serious but ends up causing laughter
-
abrupt shift
from serious to informal mood/tone
Mock Heroic
pretending
to be
serious,
or elevating simple things to grandiose stature.
Satire= (
tools
)
serious topic
1) identify the
tools
2) identify the
serious topic

Problems with Satire...
I don't get the context
I'm offended
I laugh at the wrong thing
Satire Project!
Laugh and Learn in Groups
Groups of 4 or 5 students
Poster sized product
Select one example of satire: paragraph, cartoon,
or screen capture images from video
Identify at least three tools of satire
Explain author's purpose: why should we laugh
at this serious topic?
In class work: April 10 (select satire)
April 15 (construct poster)
Presentations: April 16
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