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Satire. A text or performance that uses irony, derision, or wit to expose or attack human vice, foolishness, or stupidity. How Is S atire U sed to Create S ocial C ommentary?.

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A text or performance that uses irony, derision, or wit to expose or attack human vice, foolishness, or stupidity

how is s atire u sed to create s ocial c ommentary
How Is Satire Used to Create Social Commentary?
  • Satire tries to persuade the reader to believe or to do something by showing the opposite view as absurd, vicious, or inhumane
  • Satire is complex because it addresses multiple audiences at once, with multiple intents
three audiences
Three Audiences
  • Those whom the author believes to already be in agreement with their viewpoint (aka those on your side)
  • Those whom the author would like to ridicule for their opposing viewpoint (aka those whom you will stealthily ridicule)
  • Those whom the author believes may be persuaded through exposure to the satirical work (aka the “swing” audience)
three i ntentions of the author
Three Intentions of the Author
  • To show yourself intelligent and accomplished to those on your side
  • To make those whom you disagree with look foolish
  • To persuade to your point of view those who are intelligent enough to understand irony and recognize the ridiculous (thereby “swinging” them to your side)
useful techniques for satire
Useful Techniques for Satire
  • Tone: attitude of the author toward his/her subject
  • Wit: humor in order to criticize, verbal cleverness
  • Sarcasm: use of language to hurt or ridicule; not subtle
  • Understatement: creating emphasis by saying less than what is actually or literally true
  • Hyperbole: a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to emphasize strong feelings or to create a satiric effect
  • Verbal irony: words of praise which convey criticism and words of criticism which convey praise
  • Parody: humorous imitation of serious works