English 1302 Arguments of Definition Fall 2006 Political Satire Definitions on the web: Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satire A manner of writing that mixes a critical attitude with wit and humor in an effort to improve mankind and human institutions. Ridicule, irony, exaggeration, and several other techniques are almost always present. The satirist may insert serious statements of value or desired behavior, but most often he relies on an implicit moral code, understood by his audience and paid lip service by them.
... home.cfl.rr.com/eghsap/apterms.html 1. Do these posters function as political satire?
Why/why not? 2. Choose one and explore these questions in a discussion: a.
What is the intended meaning of it to provoke or prevent change? b. What idea is challenged, and how is the intended audience (hopefully) going to respond to this cartoon?
c. What action is being promoted by the poster? 3.
Read the article from The Onion. Does it satisfy the requirements of the formal definition above? How?
On this sheet, answer the above questions in a short in-class response paper of your own. ... more. less.