Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. A literary work in which human foolishness or vice is attacked through irony, derision, or wit. Mockery is teasing and contemptuous language or behavior directed at a particular person or thing. Also the behavior or speech that makes fun of someone or something in a hurtful way. “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope and “My Satirical Self” by Wyatt Mason from The New York times are both about satire and mockery.
For years, one of the single greatest techniques available to writers has been a sense of satire and dark humor. Former satirist, Voltaire, have motivated modern day writers like Libba Bray to create what some might consider thoughtful laughter with in a satire novel. Voltaire and Bray unique style from different eras both share a common goal of targeting an intended audience through diction, exaggeration, and invectiveness. By analyzing Candide (Voltaire) and Beauty Queens(Bray) by the “true test of comedy” you will see in each novel it is expressed by it diction and tone. Candide was more sarcastic while in Beauty Queens it was more direct and straight forward.
Different types of irony within The Crucible The Crucible contains several examples of situational, verbal, and dramatic irony. Arthur Miller uses irony in many ways, his reason for using irony is to catch and keep the reader’s attention. For example he uses dramatic irony to create anxiety and tension within the story. Many other authors use irony to make their audience think about what is being said as well as what is going on in the story. Most irony is used intentionally, but in some cases it can be used unintentionally.
In Slaughterhouse 5, the often use of literary elements show how much of a insane and twisted novel it really is. For example, Vonnegut would use satire when talking about war. Satire uses irony and humor to ridicule social conversations. Primarily, this allows the reader to show how destructive of a war is going on meanwhile laughing at some the aspects it contains. Around the beginning of the book, the narrator appears to overstate the problem by saying “Do you know what I say to people when I hear they’re writing anti-war books?
First and foremost, Twain wrote these satirical scenes to bring attention to the problems of society in hopes they would try to correct them. A large portion of these scenes was centered around hypocrisy. One of the hypocritical groups Huck encounters in his tale is the Shepherdsons and Grangerfords-two
Each word is meant to be sarcastic as she is being compared to great people and Lawrence sarcastically represents her as a hero. Lawrence also says, “The Scarlet Letter gives the show away.” He elaborates on this statement for the remainder of the analysis. He uses mockery and sarcasm in his sentences to state that “the show” is in fact pretentious behavior exhibited by the characters (especially Hester) and should therefore not have pity taken on them. By using the choppy sentences, each word is very emphasized. As he is very critical of Hester, the words in his sentences tend to be negative.
Antigone scorns Creon at the beginning of the play during questioning by back-talking and arrogantly answering Creon. She often challenges his intelligence with tricky, wordy responses. Antigone also pleads her case by proclaiming to Creon that she was entitled to bury Polyneices ( Sophocles 980-984, 1-115 ). The justification of Antigone’s entitlement can be left to one's discretion ,but Antigone still felt a sense of entitlement. Antigone may seem distent because of the time the work is set in, but she mirrors the personalities of Americans throughout time almost
Thoughtful Laughter For centuries satirical novels have inspired audiences by using wit and humor to ignite thoughtful laughter. This thoughtful laughter implements comical sarcasm to highlight prominent issues in society. Voltaire’s Candide and Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens both use satirical techniques such as tone, irony, litotes, hyperboles, and, parodies to criticize stereotypes, greed, and corruption. Both novels are centered on their main characters plight, with Candide’s dangerous adventures and the beauty contestants ‘struggle for survival. However, the tones of the novels contradict the setting as the tones are playful and bubbly.
Mark Twain's Use of Satire in Huckleberry Finn Throughout his pieces of literature, the famous American author Mark Twain portrays his personal views of society using satire and irony in his stories. He makes fun of broken parts in the American society relentlessly and makes sure the readers understand how outrageous some acts were during the early-to-mid 1800s. Twain seems to target specific aspects in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn such as how young people could be conflicted between morality and legality, the loss of self-respect for money, and the effects of herd mentality. He has an interesting approach at giving the reader insight, but his main ideas for the theme shine through and are clearly depicted. To begin, Twain targets Huckleberry Finn's innocence and uses it as a way to show that anyone being raised in a racist, pro-slavery America was conflicted between morals and laws.
The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.” Through the outcomes of both plays, the audience is able to receive some hard truths and be confronted with reality. In their respective ways, the two plays reveal truths about the human experience in the way that the plays are symbolic of very real human or societal problems. Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, has a fateful plot with a tragic ending. His play follows the conventions of tragedy, implementing plot, character development,