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Religious Satire: Laughter Silenced The world enjoys laughter; they say it is the best medicine. In every part of the world there are comics, jokes, and satire. Most of them are all in good fun, but sometimes the jokes get taken too far. The recent uproar over a political cartoon in the Middle East has sparked a lot of interest with religious satire. Why does religion get attacked so frequently? How far is too far? When are the jokes no longer funny, but hurtful? Whenever someone's religion...

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Satire and Writer

Tyler Pollard Mrs. Breitwieser AP Language and Composition, Group A January 13, 2013 Satire It seems that companies will do anything to get a consumer to buy their product. Through ridiculous marketing schemes companies are always trying to get an upper hand on the rest of the completion. In a mock press release by from The Onion, a publication devoted to humor and satire, the writer uses a variety of techniques to make fun of marketing techniques advertisers use to sale their product. The...

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Blazing Satire

Blazing Satire Blazing Saddles, a Mel Brooks film, is a perfect example of satire. The main object of the movie is to make fun of the western genre of films. Mel Brooks is notorious for his satires of many different films and film genres, and Blazing Saddles follows true to form as, in some opinions, one of the funniest films made. Many of the film's ideas and problems are common in most westerns, although Mel Brooks has added a twist. In addition, the movie pokes fun at a more modern theme...

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Writing a Satire

Step 2: Choose an Appropriate Structure, Type of Satire, and Audience for your Piece Review the various samples of satire we read in class over the last week, and determine which one would be the most appropriate (in terms of its structure and techniques) for your group to use as a model for your satirical piece. After choosing the piece that your group will use as a “satirical model,” make a list of the conventions you need to use in your satire. Decide whether your piece will be more Horatian...

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Satire Essay

Analyse the ways in which satire can engage and provoke its audience Satire aims to expose to its audience the shortcomings of humanity through an assemblage of wit and mockery; it provides momentum for change and reform through ridicule. Robert Sitch’s television program ‘The Hollowmen’ seeks to expose the nepotistic and often superficial nature of Australian politics through the use of political satire, showing us that Australian politics is “inherently without values or moral grounding’ (Louise...

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satire examples

Satire Noun. A literary manner which blends humor with criticism for the purpose of instruction or the improvement of humanity The necessary ingredients • Humor • Criticism, either general criticism of humanity or human nature or specific criticism of an individual or group. • Some kind of moral voice: simply mocking or criticism is not “satire.” The Satiric Manner • Ironic/Sarcastic • Either good natured criticism (Horatian) or bitterly cynical denunciation (Juvenalian) • Always opposed to pretense...

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Augustan Satire

Augustan Satire and Dryden 1688-1744 are often referred to as the English Augustan Age. The term ‘Augustan’ is derived from the reign of the roman emperor Augustus wherein the prestige given to literature was noteworthy and therefore the term is often applied to the other epochs in world history when literary culture was high. The English Augustan Age was marked by perfection of letters and learning. The 18th century led to the emergence of classical ideals of taste, polish, common sense and reason...

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The Purpose of Satire

The Purpose of Satire In most of the Franklin’s biography Franklin utilizes the humor and creates satires in order to help the public review certain norms in their society. Franklin employs humor as tact to point out the flaws in the obvious of certain policies, ideas, and concepts. For Franklin, his spec writings often point out issues he sees in the norms by describing them to the extremes. Humor is a gentle technique to get people or followers to certain ideas, activities or to look deeper...

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Satire Essay

between amusement and critique is a central dynamic of successful satire, as it is through humour that the satire may censure its target, prompting the respondent to revaluate their own perspective with that of the satirist. Through his hyperbolic depiction of the nepotism inherent in the diplomatic posting system in The Ambassador, Sitch’s series The Hollowmen reveals the malleability of political values. Sitch furthers his satire of such political expediency through his ironic depiction of the policy...

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The Role of Satire in “Gulliver's Travels”

The Role of Satire in “Gulliver’s Travels” Sir Thomas More wrote “Utopia” in 1516, Daniel Defoe produced “Robinson Crusoe” in 1719, Jonathan Swift brought forth “Gulliver’s Travels” in 1726. The first coined the much used today word “utopia”, the second created the first English novel about reason and moral values, and the third fathered probably the best satiric masterpiece. Contemporaneity, a few centuries later, is still amazed at the strength and validity of these notions. Satire, Swift’s hard-hitting...

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