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What is Satire?
Transcript of What is Satire?
What techniques do authors use to produce satire?
As you study satire, you come to realize that using humor to attack a subject is much more effective than preaching about what is wrong!
Satire is a literary genre in which human or individual vices, abuses, follies, or shortcomings are commented on and usually criticized.
Satirical writing is usually funny, but its purpose is not primarily humor so much as an attack on something with which the author strongly disapproves.
Satire makes fun of a topic by making is seem ridiculous.
is the Latin verb which means "to laugh."
Reversal is when normal rules or order are reversed. This could include the roles people play or even a play on words.
Parody is a humorous and exaggerated imitation.
An incongruity is something that seems out of place or out of character- almost to the point of being absurd.
Exaggeration is giving an impression that something is greater or larger than it really is.
Consider how these following cartoons could be classified as satirical.
Now, let's try it with a video. See if you can identify the satirical techniques being used.
This headline from a staff member of the satirical newspaper The Onion is ambiguous. Ambiguity is a technique sometimes used to advance satire. Perhaps the Onion staff was making fun of all the problems that come with ordering pizza, or perhaps they were forming a stereotype of the type of people who work at a pizzeria.
After this lesson, you should now be able to identify moments of satire in the story "The Devil and Tom Walker" .