Satire & Harrison Bergeron

January 21, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Arts & Humanities, Performing Arts, Drama
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“Harrison Bergeron” Kurt Vonnegut

 What

is Satire?

 Satire

- any kind of writing, speaking, or art that ridicules some weakness in individuals or society

 There

must be a clear target (it may not be obvious though) • Can attack an institution (government, politics, religion, education, society, etc) or social evil • Can attack an individual or a type of person

 Must

be humorous, but with the purpose of pointing out human faults and effecting some improvement in humanity or human institutions  A good satire should make the reader/watcher think

 Satire’s

purpose is to bring about change!

 The

primary purpose of any satirical work is to use the weapon of wit to attack something with which the author strongly disagrees in the hope of producing a change

 Satire

usually asks us to see what is around us and consider it

 Art

 Music  Poetry/Prose  Drama/TV  Cartoons

 Weird

Al Yankovic

 “You’re Pitiful” satirizes the song “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt

 George


 Saturday

Night Live

 Irony

• Situational • Dramatic • Verbal  Sarcasm  Hyperbole/Exaggeration  Understatement

 Irony

- the contrast between what is expected or what appears to be and what actually is • Situational Irony - refers to a happening that is

the opposite of what is expected or intended • Dramatic Irony - occurs when the audience or

reader knows something important that a character does not know

 Verbal

Irony - the contrast between what is said and what is actually meant • Sarcasm - a type of verbal irony often in the form of

a remark in which the literal meaning is complimentary but the actual meaning is critical • Hyperbole- a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to emphasize strong feelings or to create a satiric effect • Understatement - the technique of creating emphasis by saying less than what is actually or literally true

 Understatement  Sarcasm

 Hyperbole  Situational  Dramatic

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