Satire. What is satire?. Definition of satire: any piece of writing designed to make its readers feel critical of themselves, of their fellow human beings, or of society. Satire can be either subtle or exaggerated.
Exaggeration – an overstatement
Example: Satirists like to exaggerate by picturing groups of people in a negative way or associating a negative connotation with a specific profession. For example, they may claim all politicians are corrupt or all young adults are irresponsible.
Understatement - to state or represent less strongly or less strikingly than the facts would suggest
An understatement is the opposite of an exaggeration. Understatements are usually casual in tone.
*What are some examples of exaggerations and understatements used in modern society?
Irony - the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning
Example: Irony is similar to sarcasm if it is cruel or cutting. Some may say “Great!” when they mean terrible. In literature irony is extended beyond mere sarcasm. However, the writer who constantly uses irony runs the risk of being misunderstood. Irony is best when used appropriately and for emphasis.