The Onion uses satirical humor to poke fun at modern advertisements and the gullibility of Americans have by mocking the techniques used to sell consumer goods; it does this through its mocking publication of a product called MagnaSoles. This article uses quotes from customers that have bought MagnaSoles, subtle jokes and puns, and the over exaggeration of the sciences implemented by Magnasoles. The article is rampant with subtle hints, jokes, and puns that key the reader in that this article is a joke. With the use of "pseudoscientists" and "pseudoscience" used throughout the article, as well as the "scientific-sounding literature", this is an indicator that this is not real science talking. It also makes fun of the use of making a paper seem more credible through its constant
In the funniest publication, The Onion, the author uses satire to criticize people and expose them to their stupidity or vice, typically in politics or other recent and popular issue. Satire is used through the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule. In this mock press release from The Onion it is made to mock the release and the reasoning for the creating on MagnaSoles, which are shoe inserts. The author of this hilarious work of art writes this to criticize the concept of these shoe soles doing all the amazing things they are said to do, they are just basic shoe inserts. The author uses exaggeration and overstatements to achieve his goal of mocking the shoe soles and their release.
On the pro side, he pokes fun at the radical responses enviros have when an endangered species is found. “Some ... student with a summer job will find an endangered red spider ... and before you know what happened ... you will be shut down.” He blankets this example in satire through the obscurity of the species, the red spider, the dramaticness of the repercussions of finding said creature, and the fact that it’s just some poor student that found this spider. He provides the same almost mocking satire on the anti-environmentalist side, showing just how little they care for the earth. He ridicules the capitalistic corporations laughing, “their idea of conservation is stocking trout streams and planting trees around golf courses.” I spy some satire. The extremity of this example itself comes as satire, considering few people really believe that putting trees on a golf course really constitutes as ‘environmentalism.’ These wild examples provide even more evidence of how trivial environmental issues are, as well as the silliness of their arguments.
The definition of satire is a work that ridicules its subjects through the use of four techniques such as exaggeration, reversal, incongruity, and parody in order to make a comment or criticism about it. The book Cat’s Cradle is a great example of satire being portrayed. In Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, he creates his own religion “Bokononism” to satirize all of the other religions that are in the world. Bokononism is made from and built on lies (foma). Vonnegut tells us, “Truth was the enemy of the people, because the truth was so terrible, so Bokonon made it his business to provide the people with better and better lies”, (Vonnegut 172).
Perspectives Based on the perceptives on Flannery O’Connor personality she is described to be a loner. O’Connor has a different way of think from other authors because of her “sly humor, her disdain for mediocrity, and her often merciless attacks on affection and triviality.” (Gordon) She wrote her works to fit a new style a dark humor with Southern Gothic theme. O’Connor shows how grotesque the world is and how it needs a light to help change the world. Her works of irony is her main contribution to the world. O’Connor’s first published story The Geranium made her famous because of her literary irony.
Orwell used his point of view, third person omniscient, to portray a sense of irony quite well. It The use of verbal irony is widespread throughout the novel. One instance that we found verbal irony was when the pigs started changing the seven commandments into phrases that better suited their needs, and then replacing the commandments all together. These changes implied verbal irony because they contradicted the statements made by old major. This showed that the pigs had power over the dull animals with their bad memory, and the pigs were willing to exploit that.
Satire is one of the most eminent techniques that writers use to criticize a societal concept that they deem a flaw. Perhaps one of the greatest satirists, Mark Twain constantly denounces certain flaws about society in his writing. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain satirizes gullibility, hypocrisy, and mob mentality through the actions and thoughts of Huck and the other characters. In chapters one through eight, Twain satirizes superstition and the gullibility that comes along with it to prove that superstitions are foolish and unbelievable. Jim is the definition of a superstitious person.
Her choice in using the term “throne” makes the reader question the validity of the political power of the family, but more importantly, the way in which she uses “throne” illustrates her feminist views through satire - views with which her now-shocked audience would be onboard. The banter in the situation is poking fun at the Clintons (with their support from the beast of the century) and their progressive supporters, yet again, helping to develop the respect-lacking, mocking tone of the columnist. To further my point, in the article “Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story,” Weinstein’s actions were described as “perversion, grotesque, and maladroit du seigneur long before Hillary blindly accepted money” from the man. This strong diction serves to demonstrate Dowd’s criticizing outlook upon the Clinton family accepting funds from a sexual predator, as well as her outlook on the predator himself - clearly displaying Dowd’s liberal, feminist viewpoint on sexual misconduct. Dowd chooses to include these political examples to employ pathos, evoking a sense of shock in her audience, as a means of getting the audience to help her with her own feminist political agenda; by shedding light on all of the mistreatment of women in government, Dowd is a