Satire Impact on Society

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Satire should, like a polished razor keen, Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.

Satire is a literary manner which blends a critical attitude with humor and wit to the end that human institutions or humanity may be improved. The true satirist is conscious of the frailty of institutions of man's devising and attempts through laughter not so much to tear them down as to inspire a remodeling

The best satire does not seek to do harm or damage by its ridicule, unless we speak of damage to the structure of vice, but rather it seeks to create a shock of recognition and to make vice repulsive so that the vice will be expunged from the person or society under attack or from the person or society intended to benefit by the attack (regardless of who is the immediate object of attack); whenever possible this shock of recognition is to be conveyed through laughter or wit.

Many texts use satire as a technique to attract an auidience. Movies, Cartoons, And Musicians all use satire successfully. Some satirical texts include:

Scary Movie - Exaggerates the techniques used by horror movies to scare the responder Austin Powers – Sexism Towards Women, Ridicules escapes of the spy and stupidity of the evil villain. This is Spinal Tap – The Excess of Modern Musicians

Songs by Weird Al - The Excess of Modern Musicians, simplicity and immaturity in lyrics of modern music.

The most frequently used satirical techniques are irony, sarcasm, burlesque, and parody. Irony is a technique in which the attitudes stated differ from what is really meant. For example, words of praise can be used to imply blame. A Modest Proposal is one of the most effective and savage examples of sustained ironic tone in English literature.

Sarcasm is more caustic, crude, and heavy-handed than irony, of which it is a form. Sarcasm also tends to be more personally directed than irony.

Burlesque is an imitation of a person or subject which, by ridiculous exaggeration or distortion, aims to amuse. The quality which characterises this technique is a discrepancy between the subject matter and the style in which it is treated. For example, a frivolous subject may be treated with mock dignity, or conversely, a weighty subject might be handled in a trivial style

Parody differs from burlesque in that it derides not a person or subject, but a specific literary work or style, by imitating features and applying them to trivial or incongruous materials. The poem "Father William" in Alice in Wonderland is a funny and successful parody of Southey's poem "The Old Man's Comforts". Satire continues to be an important medium for social commentary in our time. A well-known example is George Orwell's Animal Farm. The Satiric spirit has also been maintained by magazines as Punch and Mad and The National Lampoon present social and political satire. This simpsons have also had there fair share of parody within there extending reign over the worlds population.

At first glance, The Simpsons may look like a simple cartoon, but look more closely and you’ll find a nearly inexhaustible collection of satirical exploitations.

Within the opening segment, many themes and issues are touched upon. Bart writing on the blackboard: Public education
Bart on his skateboard: The riddles of childhood
Homer leaving and driving home from work: Plight of the working man Marge at the supermarket checkout: Consumerism (Note: Maggie costs $847.63) Lisa playing the saxophone: Restrictions of public education and free thought The family racing for the couch in front of the television: Impact of television on the modern family

So even in the first 20 seconds of the show, many issues are being satirized. Now because this speech has to go for 5 minutes…. Let me inform you of the satire within an episode.

Episode 204, Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" starts when Bart and Lisa catch a three-eyed fish in a polluted stream near The Springfield Nuclear...
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