After a few of David Sedaris’ humorous essays, I had thought that I had finally grasped his tone as a writer, but after only a page or two of “You Can’t Kill the Rooster,” I had found myself not only wrong, but also in the midst of complete hysterics. The way Sedaris describes his brother, Paul, plastered a smirk on my face that would later transition into a full-body convulsive fit of laughter. Because of Paul’s vulgarity in his choice of words, at first I was hesitant from writing about it, but honestly it was just too darn funny not to. Sedaris’ tone while recalling his brother’s most vulgar comments was in my opinion, pure comedic gold. One of my personal favorite of Paul’s sayings is “if she’s old enough to bleed, she’s old enough to breed,” which might I add, is true.
How the AIDS epidemic is more so for entertain purposes and also those to blame guilty for not adjusting their behaviors. Therefore, because they choose not to they are causing dangers to themselves and others. The media wants to forget about those in the supposedly “deviant subculture”. A great example from the Bersani’s reading would be how television would include the family dog before they would include the gay sister or brother. This goes to show how much power the media has on society and framing identities.
People also assumed that ‘family love’ did not exist in African American’s family. However, one of the episodes, Theo, the son, reveals, “If you want a doctor I wouldn’t love you less because you’re my dad…..Maybe you can just accept who I am and love me anyway because I’m your son.” This one simple quote changed people’s mind altogether. ‘The Cosby Show’ altered people’s mind with stereotypes against African American that they would use uneducated English and drugs and behave illegally. Thus, ‘The Cosby Show’ succeeded at breaking the bias towards African American families back in mid-1980.
He repeatedly calls Caesar’s murderers honorable men, despite his actual feelings toward them. (4) Additionally, on TV, an award winning show the Big Bang Theory uses sarcasm in its script but never acknowledges it. In an episode called The Big Bran Hypothesis, Leonard has to hold up a sign to signal to his roommate Sheldon, who claims to be immune to sarcasm, that Penny used sarcasm, and that he should probably stop talking. (5) Disney’s The Lion King also features sarcasm when Timon jokes “that worked like a dream”. This confuses Pumbaa which leads to Timon asking if sarcasm is foreign to him.
Twain uses irony because Pap does not know why the black professor is so much better than him and has freedom, even though Pap drinks and ridicules the government so much. Not only that but Pap does not have a good education, which also adds to why he is ironic, since he does not make an effort to acknowledge himself in the things he gets angry about. Along with that, Twain uses satire to criticize Huck in this case. After being reconnected with Jim, Huck lied about being lost, but Jim finds out that Huck is lying because of the wreckage that was left in front of the raft. Twain is criticizing whites because Huck does not think that Jim, who was a slave, has feelings; Huck only realized that Jim was scared that he had lost
If satire was thrown into the mix (which it is today), students who were uninterested before now might have interest in reading an article that involves political satirical jokes because it is more relatable. Political satire uses exaggeration in order to make a point about politics. Cartoons in magazines and newspapers today criticize recent actions of political figures in a comical way which can make it more enjoyable to the student to read because if its humor. Shows like “Saturday Night Live” mixes parody and satire at different times to keep their viewers entertained and interested. As people pick up a satirical book or watch a satirical movie hoping to be entertained, they end up thinking about the perspectives they never thought of before.
Gulliver’s Travels uses humor, irony and exaggerations to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or their behaviors in the society which needs to be corrected. The novel Gulliver’s travels is a satire and a fantasy and it can additionally represent comedy, travelogue and science fiction as well. Gulliver’s Travels can represent the genre of comedy other than satire and a fantasy novel. This novel contains ridiculous situations which satirize mankind such as politicians, scientist and Englishmen in general who are fit to be laughed on. After Gulliver reaches the island of Lilliput he finds out that the emperor elects his high court officials by examining their skills with ribbon where they have to jump and dance on it.
Along with the way that Huck treated Jim, Twain made him sound like an unintelligent thing, not a human being but just a thing. There were many problems that Jim faced with Huck and one is specifically pointed out as the reason The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a racist tale and not one that started to show racial tolerance. During the escape of Jim from Aunt Sally’s house Huck devises a simple plan to get Jim out of the barn safely But then Tom comes along and makes the plan much more complicated and insanely dangerous for Jim. Huck instead of stopping Tom from doing this plan asks him why they should do a complicated plan that might hurt Jim and then decides to revert back to his old self and toy with Jim. After all the morale improvements that Huck has made in the end Jim is still being toyed with instead of treated like the free human being he was.
An example of this is when Jurors Four and Ten talk about how kids from bad neighborhoods are very likely to become criminals (Rose 318). This is not always the case, however, and is just judgemental on the jurors’ parts. A second part of the play that shows this is when Juror Eleven talks about his former country and how he moved to America, and was happy to serve jury duty. Juror Eleven seemed like he was happy to be at jury duty so this could have influenced his decision. A third piece of the play that shows this would be when Juror Five took offense to what Jurors Ten and Four said because he grew up in a bad neighborhood (Rose 318).
After 9/11, many people though the whole Muslim community was responsible because they did not know the difference between the terrorist groups and the peaceful groups. The Muslim religion revolves around peace, but the extremists believe that Allah is telling them to terrorize people and things. People would be rude to RJ, saying that just because he was Muslim he would basically go no where. “I grew up hearing that Muslims are terrorists. I didn’t see Muslims like me on TV or in the movies: the Muslims on the screen were evil” (Khalaf 10).