How could a story be humorous without using satirical elements? Satire is a technique used to expose and criticize something by using humor, irony, or exaggeration. Most people think of satire as a work of literature making a ridicule of something, however literature is not the only type of satire in society today. Political cartoons are a popular example of satire seen in everyday life. Political cartoons criticize the recent actions of political figures in a comical way, allowing individuals to see the situation with a different mindset.
According to dictionary.com, satire is described as “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”. Not only is the purpose of satire is to make situations humorous, but it also is meant to use wit to draw attention to issues in society today. Many hope that by using satire it will have a helpful effect on how one will then view the situation or issue but many times satire can go the other way and affect the situation in more of a negative tone. David Brooks, a political and cultural commentator, argues that satire has a significant role in society today but states that using satire is not the most mature way to address political and social issues. He believes that approaching situations with seriousness will result in a more mature and civil response.
Swift’s most used technique was satire. Satire is a literary device that is used to ridicule human vice in individuals, societies, and institutions. Satire is often used with the intent of motivating change in the subject. Swift also used parody, irony and sarcasm, all similar to satire. Most of his writings were also metaphors that made fun of human’s actions and historical events.
Satire is a genre of literature employed by writers that adopts criticism to expose individuals, governments, or society by using wit and humor. Its main purpose is to make possible the enhancement of humanity and its institutions by employing constructive criticism. Voltaire was a well-known figure of the Enlightenment that often used such satirist in his works, and sought an improvement of humanity and its institutions through his philosophical views. Candide is one of Voltaire’s most known works, a classic, which is filled with indignation at the evil of humanity and its institutions. With this classic, Voltaire directs his criticism against philosophical optimism, foolishness, religion, nobility, and the inhumanities of man against man.
One of Molière’s main objectives as playwright was to analyse and often criticise the society in which he lived in. Theatre, for Molière, was a vehicle which allowed him to provide a social commentary on issues of the time and to highlight the faults of society. For this reason, Molière’s use of comedy was highly satirical. The combination of dramatic and satirical comedy, not only emphasises the flaws of the world at the time, but also accentuates the shortcomings of human nature. In Molière’s case, comedy was not a mere device used for the entertainment of the audience, as it played an integral role in delivering the message that he wanted to convey in his plays.
Irony, a common theme within both life and literature, has a distinct effect on its audience to display circumstances that contrast from what is to be expected. A highly acclaimed piece of British literature, "The Pardoner’s Tale,” exercises the vast impacts satirical elements have when implemented. Geoffrey Chaucer, author of “The Pardoner’s Tale,” integrates ironic material as his characters, the three rioters and the Pardoner, experience gluttony and greed. Thus, Chaucer made use of irony in order to make the traits of his characters prominent within his tale.
Even though this type of wit is of high intelligence, it is frequently used in a variety of literature, tv shows and movies. A lot of sarcastic literature falls into the satirical genre, which uses humor to expose and criticize vices… or stupidity. (3) One example is in Julius Caesar which is written by William Shakespeare. the character Mark Antony uses sarcasm at a funereal speech. He repeatedly calls Caesar’s murderers honorable men, despite his actual feelings toward them.
The audience is those who read editorials on New York times in 1968 and anyone who is interested in satirical pieces. Furthermore, Russell Baker presents amusing scapegoats explained through rhetorical devices for the mistakes we encounter during our daily lives. To Baker, all objects have an agenda to make the life of human beings a living hell. Baker targets those looking for a satirical and entertaining piece on explaining daily phenomena in a comical way The author starts out by classifying certain objects by their functionality and that ultimately these object’s purpose obstructs people from being happy. Baker establishes a relationship between objects and people where inanimate objects have a willful desire to destroy all human beings.
Satire is a genre of literature, often used as a social commentary, and sometimes is in performing arts and graphic skits. Satire uses vices, follies, abuses, shortcomings and irony to ridicule bad habits in society. People often use satire to pick at a topic or bad problem to make you think and then take action. After reading satire, it should make you think about the given issue and give you a certain view on something, usually towards the author's view. Satire should leave an emotional effect on you over the topic, or issue, that makes you maybe want to change something to fix said issue.
Culture is the main component of triggering the transformation of the genre comedy as satire. Culture affects the society, the social norm, and how people think as well as influences how people express their viewpoints. Satires are conveyed in different manners in different time periods. In particular, the different ways it is being portrayed in films across time is quite distinct. Through the ever changing culture, although social satire has always remained to be a genre characterized with humor, irony, or ridicule to expose or mock social norms, mores, or values; early influences of satire provided a degree of criticisms towards social situations with techniques of irony and humor.