Understanding Satire in Literature
Satire uses techniques like exaggeration, reversal, and irony to criticize its subject. It can be funny or serious depending on the author's purpose.
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1. Satire Great Expectations English 1 CAS
2. Satire • In a literary work, satire is writing that ridicules its subject through the use of techniques such as: – Exaggeration – Reversal (irony) – Incongruity (things that don’t match up or make sense) – Parody (mocking) in order to make a comment or criticism about it .
3. Satire • Though it often is, satire does not have to be funny. • A satirical scene can even be dark or ominous depending on the author’s purpose.
4. Satire QuickWrite • Based on the previous definition, generate a list of films, television programs, or print sources that represent this definition.
5. Examples of Satire • The Colbert Report • Bruno • The Ben Show • “8 Reasons to Oppose Gay Marriage” • AMND • Community • Oliver Twist • 30 Rock
6. Examples of Satire • The Harvard Lampoon • The Onion • The Campaign • The Dictator • Spaceballs • The Soup • Willy Wonka • Tosh.0 • Family Guy • Boondocks
7. Dickens & Satire Article • In Great Expectations , Dickens primarily critiques the rigid and often superficial class structure of Victorian England. • In other works, he takes aim at social institutions and treatment of the poor.
8. Satire in Great Expectations • While Dickens’ language is often verbose, the intent is to use exaggeration to achieve elements of satire. • Listen attentively to the reading of excerpts from chapter 4 (first two). – Listen for elements of comedy, exaggeration, or mockery. – Underline or highlight what you find to be satirical.
9. Satire in Great Expectations • What lines, phrases or words did you identify as comical OR exaggerated? • Why were these words emphasized in the reading? How does it enhance the humor OR irony of the situation? • Read the third excerpt silently.
10. StepBack • Did you find Dickens’ satire to be comical or dark? • What is he exposing/ridiculing/critiquing in the novel? • How did engaging in this exercise help you to better understand the concept of satire?