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  1. Satire Mr. Moccia

  2. Definition(s) • A literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. • “Shaming individuals or society into improvement” • Uses wit as a weapon

  3. Satire and Humor • Although usually funny, proper satire is criticism in hopes of social improvement • Intended to make one laugh, but then think or reflect

  4. Techniques and Devices of Satire • Two most consistent and important: strong irony and sarcasm • “In satire, irony is militant” • Others: parody, burlesque, exaggeration, juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre

  5. Two General Types • Horatian: Roman satirist, Horace • Playfully criticizes some social vice through gentle, mild, and light-hearted humor. • Examples: Gulliver’s Travels, The Simpsons, The Onion

  6. Juvenalian • Roman satirist Juvenal • More contemptuous and abrasive than the Horatian • Addresses social evil through scorn, outrage, and savage ridicule; often pessimistic • Examples: 1984, ”A Modest Proposal,” Animal Farm

  7. Post-Questions • What is the difference between pure comedy and satire? • What is the purpose of satire? • What are the two types of satire, and what distinguishes them from each other? • Which type do you find more persuasive? • Which satiric techniques do you find most persuasive?

  8. Satire Analysis Questions • What is the SUBJECT of the satire? • What specifically is being satirized about the subject? What is the satire CRITICAL of? • Is it Horatian or Juvenalian? • What devices/techniques does it use? Which are most important? • What is it hoping to achieve? • Is it successful?