Many authors have applied lampooning in their work to bring to light certain issues by criticizing different ideas in society such as politics, class division, wealth, and marriage by adding irony, sarcasm, and ridicule to emphasize the ludicrousy of the issue the author evaluated. One author that incorporated lampooning in his plays was Oscar Wilde. For example, in The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde publicly criticized the Victorian society so that audience was conscious of the foolishness that occurred in their society. In The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde used irony and satire to ridicule the views of the upper class, such as their obsession with wealth, their shallow, and materialistic personality.
Satire is a writing technique that authors use to make fun of human flaws using humor to help improve humanity. Mark Twain uses Satire in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in hopes to correct human flaws. Some human flaws that Twain recognizes and comments on throughout the story are cowardliness, greed, and gullibility. When Twain wrote his satirical comments on cowardliness he is pointing out that humans only have courage when they are in a group; when other people are backing them up.
The proposer 's satiric tone is effective because it allows him to ask disturbing questions without directly asking them. It is also effective, in that, it forces the people to deeply examine the problem and take steps toward fixing the problem. In the article, "Have you eaten yet?" the author says, "Swift wrote to vex us, indeed, but this vexation has a meaning and a mood" (Phiddian 605). This statement completely sums up what Swift 's purpose is, which is to stir up the rich upper classmen who sit by and watch the Irish people live in poverty and ultimately bring change.
Nevertheless, in examining the legal arguments presented by Mallon and her attorney, Leavitt draws the readers’ attention to the fact that public health officials were “chasing” Mary but not many other healthy carriers. For example, Alphonse Cotils was spreading typhoid fever just like Mary Mallon was, but he was nonetheless released by promising to do his business over the phone. This example clearly demonstrates the unequal application of justice by public health authorities. Leavitt attributes such differential treatment of healthy carriers to the social attitudes that were prevalent at that time in the United States: many people believed that the Irish, and especially women, were born to be
Sloppy People Favoritism: An Analysis of Suzanne Britt’s Writing Strategies In “Neat People vs. Sloppy People” Suzanne Britt’s essay “Neat People vs. Sloppy People” examines sloppiness against neatness to reveal the significance of a sloppy individual’s messy character through the use of specific writing techniques. These writing techniques provide an effective way to shine positivity on sloppy people. Suzanne Britt uncovers the secret sentimentality sloppy people hold through the use of powerful compare and contrast, clear description, quality examples, vigorous language, and other rhetorical strategies.
Swift shapes the text in a satiric way to portray to his audience his point of view on the topic at hand, and with the use of sarcasm Jonathan Swift mocks upper-class people who are affected by the overcrowding and poverty in Dublin. The usage of a satiric tone and sarcasm help Swift develop solutions to contemporary social problems that will work. In the “Modest Proposal”, written by Jonathan Swift, diction is a key rhetorical device in this piece, because of the way Swift portrays his thoughts through satire. Diction is the style of speaking or writing determined by the choice of words by a speaker by or a writer, Swift’s audience sees his diction as inhumane because of the way he proposes solutions to the world’s problems, such as in paragraph twenty one where he
This article uses cannibalism of children as a metaphoric display which is graphic yet logical to prove his point. For example, he gives a great description of how one would cook the babies to keep the reader intrigued. The idea of such acts is horrible yet hilarious, once it’s discovered what Swift’s real plan is. He want people to think about the prime causes of poverty and hunger, which Swift wants to end. Swift applies a creative argument that suggest one solution while actually arguing for a different
The Irony of Charles Bukowski’s “8 Count” M. H. Abrams describes “irony” as “[…] dissembling or hiding what is actually the case; not, however, in order to deceive, but to achieve special rhetorical or artistic effects” (“Irony”). It can be grouped into three main categories: verbal irony, dramatic irony and situational irony. The most often used form of irony in literary works is dramatic irony. It involves a situation in which “[…] the character acts in a way we recognize to be grossly inappropriate to the actual circumstances, or expects the opposite of what we know that fate holds in store […]” (“Dramatic irony”). An example of dramatic irony would be hearing one of your friends talk about his plans to propose to his girlfriend even though you know that she has no intentions of getting engaged.
Genghis Khan once said “an action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure”, thus ultimately leaving those with malicious intentions to wallow in their collapsed dreams. These wise words of advice apply to many circumstances in Othello, by William Shakespeare, where one man’s desperate thirst for revenge causes him to manipulate those around him. Iago’s heinous motives drive him to fulfill the needs of his unruly God complex. In Othello, Shakespeare characterizes Iago as astute through the use of hyperbole and metaphors. We can learn from Iago that having an air of superiority results in a distorted view of reality and can eventually lead to bitterness and hate.
Authors have long used satire to uncover and censure absurdity and debasement of an individual or the public by utilizing irony, silliness, distortion, or ridicule. It expects to enhance the individual and society by censuring its indiscretions and shortcomings. Various authors for example, Horace, swift, Juvenal and Twain, have applied satire in their works. Authors may use a parody of an individual, a nation, or even the whole world. The essence of satire is to produce a composition, which makes fun of an individual or the public to uncover its ineptitude and inadequacies.