Define and Explain: Rukmini Waranashiwar 6th period

What is it?

Satire is the use of irony, sarcasm and humor to ridicule or expose someone or something. There are different satirical techniques you can use in satire. Incongruity is to present things that are different, or strange compared to its surroundings to show its faults. Parody is to imitate techniques and or style of some person, place or thing. An exaggeration is when something is enlarged, increased, or represented beyond normal bounds so that it becomes ridiculous and its faults can be seen. Reversal is to present the opposite of the normal order so that the subject and satire achieves intended purpose.

When do you use it?

You use satire when you want to discuss controversial issues in a funny and relatable manner. It can also be used when someone wants to implement change of thought through humour.

How do you use it?

You can use satire through literature, film, artwork and speech. The different satirical techniques include incongruity, parody, exaggeration and reversal. These techniques are used to enhance satire.

Why do use it?

It is a way to make light of a serious problem or situation. It is used to criticize and ridicule people, to make people aware of different things occurring in the world. Satire is used to challenge norms, and make people think in a different way.

An example of a satirical film.

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