The use of Satire to ridicule characters in David Ives “Sure Thing” Satire is used in literature to display humor or ridicule in a person’s vices or lack of knowledge (Merriam-Webster). It is sometimes used to make a mockery out of the story character(s). Most often you see satire used in today’s politics to bring down or discredit a candidate. Author David Ives, who is famous for comical plays and skits, used satire in most of his plays to emphasize the vices of its characters. One of Ives’ plays that is well known for using satire profusely is Sure Thing.
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.
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.
The word “monstrous” can be confused with the definition of “monster” as something inhuman, something or someone who has lacks of remorse or caring for things that a normal human being should care for. In literature, the word monster is used to refer to men/women who have done horrible mistakes like murder or those who have no regard for life and nature. Victor Frankenstein is the real monster of the story because he condemned everyone around him to dead because the isolation that he provoked by cutting everyone of his life caused him psychological damage. Through Frankenstein, Mary Shelley attempts to show the idea of how it is unnecessary to be a creature in order to be a monster. We could be human but we still act like monsters.
Situational irony can be unanticipated. How the author describes the characters throughout the story with the emotions they feel and their ideas can heavily impact the situational irony. Situational irony can often have a huge twist in the story, whether or not it is about the main character or just the idea or setting of it. O. Henry from “The Ransom’s Red Chief,” uses situational irony to create an amusing effect on the reader. Guy de Maupassant from “The Necklace,” uses situational irony to create an enormous amount of sympathy for the characters of the story.
The creature desires human interactions to acquire companionship, but later met with violent reactions leading him to depart. The monster recounted,”...but I had hardly placed my foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted. The whole village was aroused: some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons”(Shelley 103). This reaction is natural in humans since they have instincts to judge by appearance rather than personality. As the monster stood in their village, they had never seen such a monstrosity, so they reacted with fear.
Thus, evoking sadness and extreme grief those reading or watching the play. Sophocles uses pathos to excite and arouse the audience’s interests forcing them to wonder: what will happen to Oedipus. However, from what is being written, the audience might conclude that Oedipus is manipulative, which could prompt anger in a select few that are watching the play. In fact, when Oedipus says, “ I come
The narrator within the poem perceives himself as superior to the subjects that he observes, and recognizes that they behave as savages due to the absence of rules and boundaries. They fail to acknowledge the error in their destructive behavior and continue to act with free will, which portrays human nature as wicked and unruly. One of them glanced at the narrator and insinuated that they were equals, which implies that the narrator also indulges in sinful behavior with the rest of them. Despite the narrator’s feeling of superiority, their actions reflect the same manner as those they view as beneath them. There exists a domino effect that causes the behavior of others to influence the nature of those surrounding them.
In the first act, Hamlet paints himself as someone with high morals who deplored those who fake emotions to sway the opinions of others and similar behavior during a conversation with Claudius. He notes that his outward appearance of grief doesn’t illuminate how sad he really is. With this, he also implies that in general, outward appearance is not indicative of who you are as a person. From this, I gather that he has honorable ideals but that changes very quickly. He was resentful of the circumstances of his father’s death but it isn’t until Act 1, Scene 5 that his anger causes him to abandon who he truly is.
In the text it says, “…when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joys.” (Frankenstein by Mary Shelly Chapter 12) You could really stop right there, and that would be the end of the essay. How could you not imagine the love in his eyes? Who cares about someone that much that they’ve never even met, just observed. This right here shows us how the creature views the humans next door. Frankenstein doesn’t even seem to care about the fact that a few days earlier the “barbarous villagers” had tortured him.
He describes him having “Yellow skin [that] scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast….” (35) One would say that this description is “Monstrous.” Victor cannot be exactly blamed for dashing out the door, but it is important to note that he has already exposed himself to put emphasis on appearance. Unfortunately, Victor is not the only one who was terrified of “The Monster” at first sight. The Creature had been spying on a sweet, gentle family that fell into pieces when they saw him: “Agatha fainted; and Safie, unable to attend to her friend, rushed out of the cottage. Felix darted forward, and with a supernatural force…dashed me into the ground and struck me violently with a stick.” (96-97) However, establishing the Creature’s ugliness does not prove whether he is a