In the book The Butter Battle Book, by Dr. Seuss, between two different communities of people with different beliefs lays a wall. On one side of the wall live the Yooks who eat their bread butter side up. On the other side of the wall live the Zooks who eat their bread butter side down. The book is a satire of the Cold War, which took place from 1947-1991.This book is better than other satires because it gives the reader a clear story about what the satire is really about and uses many devices to help with the satirization. Throughout the story, Dr. Seuss uses conflict, parody, and reversal to demonstrate the reality of the Cold War. Dr. Seuss’s clear use of parody helps the reader to understand his message clearly. Grandpa says, “As you know, on this side of the wall we are Yooks. On the far other side of this wall live the Zooks.” The author put his is to describe the two different groups of people. The Yooks being the U.S. …show more content…
“But we are Yooks, as you know when we brealdast or sup, spread our butter,” Grandpa said, “with the butter side up. That’s the right, honest war.”Adding this in describes the Yooks and what they believe in, in comparison to the Zooks that believe in eating bread with the butter side down. Grandpa says, “So you can’t trust a Zook who spreads bread underneath!” Every Zook must be watched.”This states that the Zooks have different beliefs and they should be heavily watched because of them. “We’ll dress you right up in a fancier suit! We’ll give you a fancier slingshot to shoot!” the leader of the Yooks said. This states that the Yooks want to have better equipment and better weapons in order to fight back against the Yooks. The Yooks always want to be superior to the Zooks in case something like this happens. All in all, Seuss’s use of characterization accurately describes the different sides and what they believe
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Throughout the history, different medias-(Movies, tv shows, novels, songs) tackle the topic of teenage society. Jerad Hess, the director of the film Napoleon Dynamite, used many satirical device such as Exaggeration, Parody, irony, to interpret the life of a teenager in Idaho . The representation of teenage society in Napoleon Dynamite express the ups and downs of teenage life and mock/ exaggerate the life of teenegers and other contemperoty problems and situations. The director's main objective is to exaggerate and to reveal the covel changes of the country through a point of view of a teenager and the impact of those changes in their life. The immigration of Latin Americans to America and from urban areas to more rural areas are portrayed through the character Pedro and his interactions with protagonist-Napoleon Dynamite and other characters.
First he talks about how the walls are full of life and people, this he is referring to television. “Entertainment is provided by tapioca bland television that provides information on all four walls” (Sisario). This shows the people positive news and no news on the war that is bound to happen at any given time.
Both the Yooks and Zooks have different cultures revolving around the buttering of bread. One butters bread on top and the other butters bread on bottom, representing the views of capitalism and communism during the Cold War. Each “party” believes their views make sense, while the group on the opposite side of the wall possesses horrendous beliefs leaving them at fault for everything. An example of this is when the Chief Yookeroo speaks with Grandpa following the breaking of his Snick-Berry Switch.
In the story it 's a war between the Zooks and the Yooks. The person speaking in the book is a Yook boy talking about when his grandpa took him to the wall between the two sides (Seuss pg 5). But in the story he is speaking to Audrey and also the reader. The reason for there being a war is because the Yooks eat their bread with the butter side up, in contrast the Zooks eat their bread butter side down. Also there is a lot of rhyming in the book.
“I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it. ”-Frank A. Clark (Psychology Today). A man named Jonathan Swift saw many problems in his government and society. He realized it needed to be fixed. Swift’s strong beliefs pushed him to write satire to try and help Ireland.
Saving the Modern World: One Satire at a Time There are so many problems that the world faces today, some more urgent than others. Some individuals choose to focus on the newest fashion style or celebrity breakup rather than focus on one that could bring about the doom of a nation. The use of satire in great literary works, television entertainment, and comics is an effective way to enlighten the world on the difficulties it faces.
In Dr. Seuss’s, The Butter Battle Book he uses seemingly harmless items to make connections to the cold war, a potentially deadly war. He does this by using symbolism and themes to bring attention to the matter. Seuss wrote the book to show how bad an arms race and specifically nuclear weapons are for the world. .He also uses more specific examples to add meaning to his story. Some of these include the “Big Boy Boomeroo” that symbolizes the atomic bombs, Grandpa and Van Itch representing the armies of the two countries in the cold war, and the fight of two different ideologies, the allies a more democratic ideology and the Soviets a communist regime.
In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, satire is used to highlight and emphasize problems in society. Satire is the use of exaggeration to criticize problems in society. The novel is about a society where all books are banned. The general public move at a swift pace and don’t stop to contemplate problems in the world around them. Television and radio are what they center their lives around and the media itself is monitored and censored by the government.
Alice in Wonderland Societal Reading Victorian society demanded a specific role of civilians with strict expectations they always adhere to. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more commonly recognised by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, is one author who questioned these expectations through the use of satire within his text Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Satirizing the rule and conventions of Victorian society is one manner in which Carroll subverts the nature of this time period by drawing specific attention to the worst aspects and proving how ridiculous they truly are.
In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury uses Satire throughout the novel to satirize censorship. In Fahrenheit 451 the government burns books so that they can hide the history of the past and keep the citizens unknown of everything. The government wants the society to be kept clueless. The government controls its citizens through television and meaningless activities so it avoids the discussion of conflicts and issues.
Mark Twain once said, “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” Twain centers his well-known novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, around this common and contagious plague, stupidity. This lengthy novel leads the reader through the thrilling adventures of a young boy and his runaway slave as they travel north. Mark Twain utilizes satire to expose the stupidity of the people in his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Voltaire’s Candide takes us through the life and development of Candide, the protagonist. Throughout his adventures, he witnesses many travesties and sufferings. Like many Enlightenment philosophers, Pangloss, Candide’s tutor, is an optimist; this philosophy was adopted by many to help mask the horrors of the eightieth century. Pangloss teaches Candide that everything happens for a reason. Voltaire uses satire, irony and extreme exaggerations to poke fun at many aspects; such as optimism, religion, corruption, and social structures within Europe.
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.
The Yooks who wear blue and butter their toast on the top side. So they began to have a war on who can make bigger and better weapons all because one side thinks the other side is wrong for how they butter their toast. This book is based during the cold war between America and Russia. The Zooks are always a step ahead of the Yooks and end up backing down and trying to make a better machine or weapon. Towards the end of the story, both sides make the town people go underground for the made a bomb like a weapon called “the bitsy big boy boomeroo” (Seuss, The Butter Battle Book).the story ends with them on top of a wall wondering who will end it
Reality in the Sarcasm (A Discussion on Chaucer 's usage of Satire to Meet His Agenda.) Geoffrey Chaucer was known as the father of the English Language. During Chaucer 's time in the late 1300’s, he had many issues with the state of how people lived. He used his writing to criticize the societal issues he noticed during his time.