What is satire?

Satire is a type of literature that uses different techniques--such as humor or irony--that make fun of the subject in order to express ones judgement or view of that subject.
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The Colbert Report is an example of a T.V. show that uses satire.

What are the tools of a satirist?

Satirists use many different techniques. Some examples are as follows:


This type of satire exaggerates the subject to draw emphasis to it. Satirists use this tool when they want to make their subject seem very abnormal, helping the viewer to see it as the satirist does: ridiculous. Enlarging or increasing the subject allows the viewer to see the faults. This can be done in cartoons by enlarging a physical feature or trait.


Satirists use incongruity by placing their subject in an absurd situation. Often, the item using this type of satire includes oxymorons, metaphors, and irony. The subject is out of place and does not fit in with it's surroundings.


This technique features the opposite of the normal. A satirist may use subjects that switch the order of events such as having breakfast for dinner, or subjects that reverse the order of authority such as having a baby boss his parents around.


A parody imitates a certain other piece of work or situation in order to express criticism or comments on the original. The audience of parodies must have seen the original for the satirists parody to be understood. In a way, parodies make fun of the original person, place, or thing by echoing the techniques and/or style that was originally used.
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So, what is satire again?

The following video explains satire once more:

Artifact 1: What is Satire?
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