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Intro to Satire

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lindsay alchorn

on 16 September 2016

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Satire: A literary work that ridicules its subject through the use of techniques such as exaggeration, reversal, incongruity, and/or parody in order to make a comment or criticism about it Satirical Techniques
To enlarge, increase, or represent something
beyond normal bounds so that it becomes ridiculous
and its faults can be seen. Exaggeration: Example of Exaggeration: Incongruity: To present things that are out of
place or are absurd in relation to
its surroundings. Example of Incongruity: In the movie "Shrek," Princess Fiona uses her ponytail to deliver a knockout punch to one of the Merry Men. While frozen in a mid-air martial arts kick, Princess Fiona pauses to fix her disheveled hair before knocking out two of the Merry Men. Reversal: To present the opposite of the normal order
(e.g., the order of events, hierarchical order). Example of Reversal: Parody: To imitate the techniques and/or
style of some person, place, or thing. Example of Parody: Things to consider... The tone should make the reader think about the true purpose of the piece. There are two different kinds of "meaning" in satire.
straightforward/literal
underlying The underlying meaning is the most important
and the most difficult to find. You need to consider WHAT MESSAGE the writer of the piece is trying to communicate and WHO the piece is directed towards. The tone of satire is very important to the style itself. Usually the tone is humorous but in a fairly negative way. Tone
Audience
Purpose Instead of people looking for shapes in clouds, these clouds look for shapes in people. The following clip is a parody suggesting that ALL Oscar winning movies follow the same formulas, with the same plots, characters, and conventions.
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