Satire and Irony. Notes and Practice. I. What is Satire?. Satire is used to effect social reform by showing the opposite side of the argument as ridiculous or vicious. Satire is often humorous, but be careful not to assume all jokes and insults are satire.
Notes and Practice
It was predicted to be a hurricane, but the weather was clear and breezy.
Susan’s best friend knew her boyfriend was cheating, but she did not tell her.
When the students came into class and asked their hardest teacher what they were doing today, he replied, “taking a nap of course.”III. Satirical Terms
Satire is by its nature subtle and clandestine. Many of the TV shows, movies, and books you are familiar with are in fact Satires. Take a minute and think of at least one example for each of the three categories. Write them in your notes.