Satire In The Film The Life Of Brian

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Satire is a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, and is also humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, or of a society. The use of Satire has been around for ages. From Juvenal to now, Satire has been in action since first century AD and is still used today in many circumstances. The Life of Brian was a satire of Jim Jones in the 1970’s, and can be seen as a satire of the splintering of the Republican Party currently. In Monty Python’s movie The Life of Brian, Brian is a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah. Which initially confused the three wise men who came to praise the future King. Brian is blindly followed because people claim he is Jesus Christ, even though he proclaims he is not the Messiah. People assume that if you claim you aren’t something, then you really are that; Brian claims to be the Messiah just so people would leave him alone about the topic. This relates to how Jim Jones…show more content…
In the article “Drinking the Kool-Aid: A Survivor Remembers Jim Jones” Teri Buford O’Shea was one of the lucky ones who managed to escape before the obliterating mass suicide of about 900 people; 1/3rd of whom were children. In this article, Teri opens up about the personality of Jim Jones and how he acted towards the members of his so called Utopian society. She claims that he was at first, a genuinely nice man who only wanted interracial equality for the world. He went crazy due to drug use and didn’t know how to handle having power. Just because someone proclaims that they’re the Messiah, and can give you interracial equality and peace in a time of destruction and racial segregation, doesn’t mean you should blindly follow them without really knowing who they
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