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    Truth-telling and lying, authenticity and hypocrisy, and illusion and reality make up the back bone of Gullivers Travels. The novel also explores self- discovery and awareness. Swift uses extreme amounts of satire and irony to present these themes in a complex understanding of how lying fits into human nature. There is an long history of the idea that literature is not only an image, but a lie. Ancient Greek poet Hesiod tells us that it is a gift to the muses to “speak many false things as though they were true.”

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    Incongruity, exaggeration and parody are three means types of the language of satire. First of all, the author uses incongruity to satirize the corruption in Syrian society in the fourth story of the book Breaking Knees which is written by Zakaria

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    The people of the United States fight and strive for an absolute “equal” society, but is it what’s really wanted? “Harrison Bergeron,” a short story written by Kurt Vonnegut, uses satire to describe the deficiency in our idea of a truly “equal” society. Throughout the story, Vonnegut describes the torture and discomfort the government administers among the people, and though they were “equal,” they were not balanced. Vonnegut uses characterization and word choice to warn his readers of the potential drawbacks of a truly “equal” society. He warns normalcy would become the base of thought, and people would become incapable of emotion.

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    Twain's Satire

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    What is the issue Twain is satirizing?   In this text Twain is satirizing the advices adults give to their children, and also how to become a better liar to deceive your parents. What techniques does Twain use to create his satire?

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    In Slaughterhouse 5, the often use of literary elements show how much of a insane and twisted novel it really is. For example, Vonnegut would use satire when talking about war. Satire uses irony and humor to ridicule social conversations. Primarily, this allows the reader to show how destructive of a war is going on meanwhile laughing at some the aspects it contains.

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    Satire is the use of humor, irony, or exaggeration to reveal and criticize people’s vices. It becomes a success when the writer can make his readers believe the idea given is not only logical, but practical. While certain satires are appealing in their obvious disgust of humanity, other works are not so blatant in their mockery, presenting more realistic situations. Aldous Huxley employed such tactics in Brave New World. In Brave New World, Huxley explores this idea of a society controlled by pleasure, ignorance, and conditioning.

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    Mr Bennet Satire

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    On first impressions of his intended, the satirical Mr Bennet was ‘captivated by youth and beauty and the appearance of good humour which youth and beauty generally give’ (Austen, 1984) however shortly after a marriage constructed upon lust and desire, Mr Bennet’s ‘respect esteem and confidence’ in his wife soon vanished forever. Consequently, Mrs Bennet was demoted by her husband to the ranks of entertainment and a source of amusement for her ‘ignorance and folly’ and want of ‘decorum and propriety’ (Austen, 1984) Moreover with the loss of respect for his wife and the realisation that ‘a pretty face is but sorry compensation for the absence of common sense; and that youth and the appearance of good nature, with the want of other good qualities

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    Satirical literature has repeatedly proven the importance of examining and deriding aspects of society that the author feels must change. Satirists express their criticism of mankind 's foolishness and vices through the use of irony and exaggeration, while still maintaining a playful undertone. A satirical literature is considered successful when the lighthearted mockery complements the authors insightful message. Both Pride and Prejudice and 1984 are successful satires. However, 1984 more effectively satirizes the impact of constraints on individual freedom, the difficulties due to class structures, and mankind’s lack of natural sympathy.

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    In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Mr. Collins’ marriage proposal to Elizabeth Bennet is instigated by society’s impetus for him to do so. Irony and satire are weaved within the proposal, ridiculing the litany of reasons given of why such an action is prompted because superficial reasons are presented as the basis of Mr. Collins’ rationale. Through employing satire and irony, Austen critiques the standard of a marriage proposal, the superficiality of the clergy, and the perception of women in the Regency era. Austen satirizes Mr. Collins’ approach of his proposal to Elizabeth. He dons on a pompous attitude and explains “[his] reasons for marrying are” such and such.

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    In the novella Candide, Voltaire expresses his disdainful opinion about optimistic philosophers of the Enlightenment by using satirical elements such as exaggeration, irony, and Burlesque to further develop the theme of the recklessness of optimism. Throughout the book, the main character Candide and his mentor, Pangloss, suffer and witness various misfortunes but fail to find a connection to any greater good. Voltaire’s reasoning for writing Candide is to point out the absurdity of the optimistic philosophy, which concludes that God must be perfect and that the world he created must be perfect as well. To these enlightenment thinkers, like Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, the idea that the existence of any “evil in the world”(Voltaire 141)

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    Comedy is a social and cultural practice and thus plays a pivotal role in every culture across the globe. Comedy makes us laugh, smile and most importantly, unite. The use of television programs within cultures around the world helps with expression and identification through the concept of National Identity. Andy Medhurst explains, ‘comedy plays an absolutely pivotal role in the construction of national identity’ as it invites us to belong by understanding and sharing the humour (Turnbull 2010, p.159).

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    In literature, the element of satire is employed to illustrate or exploit the corruption of a society by means of exaggeration, black humor, highbrow wit, or mockery. The writer's intent is to make permanent change for a problem or fight a cause in a society that otherwise looks away in ignorance. In "A Modest Proposal," Jonathan Swift spins a web of masterful satire to propose a grisly solution to the problem of poverty, which mocks the folly of the 18th century socially elite and puts the blame on the greed of the wealthy for the sickly state of the nation. The Restoration and the 18th century for the British was a time of great commercial and economic prosperity, and the Anglican Church remained closely tied with the governmental power

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    Satire In Pleasantville

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    . To what degree does the movie shed light on common or universal social and human problems? Pleasantville is a social satire written and directed by Gary Ross in 1998. It is about two teenagers, Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) and David (Toby Maguire), who are magically transported from the 1990s into a black-and-white 1950s sitcoms set in a perfect world called Pleasantville. The world where everything is simple and in order, but when David and Jennifer enter the realms now as Bud and Mary Sue and they do not conform to the idyllic vision of suburbia changes begin to occur.

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    Dystopian Satire

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    This age long curse, dressed up and presented as an irreplaceable gift bestowed to man, silently watches through its illusory cage. This prison of the soul however isn’t at all that bad, rather it is an oasis, and it is ultimately ones personal Utopia. Sweeping meadows, soft blue skies, the pastels and vibrancies of joy and life paint the walls, the grass, and the trees. The cage is more a home, be it small or big, in all truths it isn’t tangible, just a depiction of what it holds within. Its doors open and warmth seeps out, lulling its visitor to relax and come in.

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    Not every citizen has always enjoyed the right of freedom of speech. In Gulliver’s Travels, a highly debated book, the author Jonathan Swift, was accused of using too much satire to speak out against the English government and society. Satire is “the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.” (Dictionary.reference.com).

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    The presence of greed utilized by Chaucer in the Pardoner’s tale presents satire as his character is meant to be honorable, yet, behind the scenes is actually the most unethical one. The first example the audience is shown of this fraud is as the pardoner explains his motives, when he states, “Of avarice and of swich cursednesse/ Is al my prechyng, for to make hem free/ To yeven hir pens; and namely, unto me!/ For myn entente is nat but for to wynne,/ And no thyng for correccioun of synne” (114 – 118).

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    Satire in Gulliver’s Encounters Jonathan Swift has used Gulliver’s encounters to illustrate how human behaviors are portrayed by Yahoos and Houyhnhnms. He uses Gulliver to bring out the irony in human beings lives and how human beings hide their character when they want to appear good before people. Today human behavior is geared towards individual’s interests. Human behavior is full of selfishness at the expense of others.

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    Page 70 of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi depicts the main character of the story, the young Satrapi’s despair at the execution of her uncle Anoosh at the hands of the post-1979 revolution Iranian government. The pretense for his execution is that he is a Russian spy, which, at least from the young main character’s point of view, appears to be blatantly untrue. The author’s shock at this apparently unjustified killing is metaphorically expressed through a confrontation with God, a character in the story that, despite frequent appearances in the early parts of the book, never appears again in the story. This penultimate belligerent confrontation of God, Satrapi’s childhood hero also symbolizes Satrapi’s change from her carefree childhood self,

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    Snapchat Satire

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    I have always been obsessed and intrigued with sports ever since a young age so ESPN has always been my go to website/station/app. Being the sports fanatic that I am it is important for me to get constant updates no matter the sport, severity of news, or time of day. ESPN is definitely a type of media that enlightens me, but I do not believe it distracts me. I probably am on ESPN 7 to 8 times a day checking various scores, stats, updates, and news, but it is something that is useful to my life especially because I want to do something with sports for a career. Looking at ESPN definitely impacts what happens through the course of my day, but I don’t think it has a negative effect on me, because of the positive aspect it brings.

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    Mark Twain's Use of Satire in Huck Finn Satire is the use of irony, sarcasm or ridicule in exposing or denouncing the stupidity or vices of a person, group, or society. Twain's use of satire caused many misunderstandings throughout the novel, such as taking the jokes about society too seriously. Twain tried to use the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, to point out the main problems in society such as racism, slavery, and the hypocrisy of civilians. The most common uses of satire were seen in the discussion of superstition, religious hypocrisy, and slavery.

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