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English Satire All Terms
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To imitate the techniques and/or style of some person, place, or thing with the idea of ridiculing the author, his ideas, or work. This technique tends to be Horatian in tone because it is light-hearted and humorous.
To enlarge, increase, or represent something beyond normal bounds so that it becomes ridiculous and so its faults can be seen. Hyperbole.
To present something that is out of place or are absurd in relation to its surroundings.
To present the opposite of the normal order (e.g., the order of events, hierarchical order).
Often an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something. Usually, this form of satire treats a trivial or ridiculous subject in a serious, high-toned way or the opposite: treating a serious subject in a light or derogatory way.
Example: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
A pun that contains a word or phrase can be understood in two ways - one of those meanings could be interpreted to mean something risqué, crude, or improper
A picture, description, or imitation of a person in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic, crude, bitter or grotesque effect.
Keen or intelligent perception that is clever and succinct....like a single punch in a boxing match that knocks out the opponent in a single strike. It is a written or verbal comment intended to be comic, surprising, and sometimes shocking.
This involves a contrast between what is expected and what occurs. Three types are:
1) what a speaker says and actually means are different
2) what a character thinks or believes about a situation and what we as readers or audience know to be true are different,
3) what we or a character expect will happen and what actually occurs is different.
This is a joke or play on two meanings of a word (or similar sounding word)
In Romeo + Juliet, Juliet's cousin Mercutio, as he is dying, says:
"Tomorrow you shall find me a grave man."
Grave means both (1) serious) and (2) a place where someone is buried.
b)The best way to communicate with a fish is to drop them a line.
Drop them a line can mean send a message...or put the fish/bait into the water to catch a fish.
A work that describes a serious subject in a senseless, frivolous manner that ridicules something that is usually dignified. It tends to be heavy and Juvenalian in tone.
A type of verbal irony, a sneering or cutting remark or set of remarks - whose intention is to wound /hurt someone or something.
the lack of good sense or judgment; foolish behavior
harsh criticism that shows a lack of respect or approval for someone or something
insulting criticism or ridicule; looking down at someone or something
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