Satire Box

By: Bailey DeHues


Using humor to properly expose or criticize someone's mistakes or stupidity or an event.

The Satiric Manner

  • Ironic/Sarcastic
  • Either good natured criticism (Horatian after Horace) or bitterly cynical denunciation (Juvenalian after Juvenal)
  • Always opposed to pretense, affectation, and hypocrisy.
  • More than a little bit prone to references to things society finds taboo or disgusting (bodily functions, sexuality, etc.)

Direct Satire

Stating a direct criticism humorously. This is the oldest and, historically, most common form of satiric writing.
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In the show Futurama shows satire by using modern day events. They use humor to express how they/everyone feels about the event in history. Futurama isn't a cartoon for small children. It's for adults or young adults who know the events that are going on around them.

Some tools of the satirist

  • Direct satire
  • Indirect satire






A work of literature that mimics another work of literature, usually as a way of criticizing it.


An exaggerated portrayal of the weaknesses, frailties, or humorous aspects of an individual or group.


The portrayal of something trivial or unimportant as very important, usually to emphasize its triviality.


A criticism of the status quo through comparison with a superior kind of society that highlights the weaknesses of one’s own.


The portrayal of something perceived as important as something trivial/unimportant to show its unimportance.

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The necessary ingredients

  • Humor
  • Criticism, either general criticism of humanity r human nature or specific criticism of an individual or group.
  • Some kind of moral voice: Simply mocking or criticism is not "satire."