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Satire Presentation

  1. 1. Satire Unit Mr. Varnum Honors British Literature January 2008
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>Satire </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A kind of writing that ridicules human weakness, vice or folly in order to bring about a change in society. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Satires often try to persuade the reader to do or believe something by showing the opposite view as absurd or -- even more forcefully -- vicious and inhumane&quot; - Elements of Literature, Sixth Course, Literature of Britain and World Classics (1201). </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Modern Examples <ul><li>Family Guy </li></ul><ul><li>The Simpsons </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday Night Live </li></ul><ul><li>Meet the Spartans </li></ul><ul><li>Not Another Teen Movie </li></ul><ul><li>Shrek </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What aspects of society does The Simpsons ridicule?
  5. 5. Tools of a satirist <ul><li>Irony (verbal and situational) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperbole </li></ul><ul><li>Understatement </li></ul><ul><li>Sarcasm </li></ul><ul><li>Double Entendre </li></ul><ul><li>Parody (imitation of work of art for amusement or instruction) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What tools does the creator of The Simpsons use to satirize society?
  7. 7. What we will read <ul><li>“ The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century” (467-484) </li></ul><ul><li>Swift Bio (486) </li></ul><ul><li>Gulliver’s Travels (487-501) </li></ul><ul><li>“ A Modest Proposal” (502-513) </li></ul>Jonathan Swift 1667-1745 www.gutenberg.org
  8. 8. What we will watch <ul><li>This is Spinal Tap (1984) </li></ul><ul><li>A “rockumentary” </li></ul><ul><li>Satirizes the rock and roll industry </li></ul>
  9. 9. What you will do <ul><li>Watch the film and complete a Type II response at the conclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Swift satires and complete all “Reading Check” questions by February 4/5. </li></ul><ul><li>Write an essay explaining what he ridicules and how he does it due on February 11/12. </li></ul><ul><li>Essay assignment can be found at http://tvarnum.edublogs.org </li></ul>

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