Sometimes getting your message across to an audience can be challenging and well, extremely boring, that is why using satire can help with grabbing your readers’ attention. Satire is a feature which ridicules or provokes fun at situations, events, topics and even people. To amuse and entertain people, both sarcasm and irony are used. Satire not only provokes us, but can stir us into action and change the way we think or behave.
To help get your satirical message across, things like: Stereotyping, Humor, Repetition, Hyperbole, Caricature, irony, Ambiguity and Rhetorical Questions. A classic example of satirical text would be the book “Animal Farm”, written by George Orwell. This book is riddled with Allegory. The book is about farm animals who want to live freely without any humans. When their farmer forgets to feed them, the animals chase the farmer away and out of “manor farm” and the animals rename it ‘animal farm”, this is where the rebellion starts.
Animal farm” isn’t just a story about animals taking over a farm, but has much deeper meaning to it. The whole book is based on Russia and their history in politics and communism. The animals and farmers represent leaders and different groups, like the media and church. For example; the farmer represents the last Tsar of Russia (Nicholas II), Napoleon, one of the pigs, represents Joseph Starlin and the bird ‘Moses’ symbolizes the Russian Orthodox Church.
Silence is used in the book and this is shown because there is absence in the text, a much deeper meaning and when a reader has knowledge of the deeper meaning, this makes the text more interesting. Another great example of satire is cartoon illustrations. The use of caricature in the drawings shows exactly who/what they are and exaggerates physical features of a person. Stereotyping is usually very strong and emphasized in the illustrations. Following in Americas footsteps by inkcinct is another great example that uses not only silence but judgment, invited reading and Allegory.
The cartoon is an illustration of the US President, Obama, falling off a cliff. Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister, is following him in his footsteps towards the cliff. Next to President Obama it says “US economic crisis”, this is obviously referring to the recent Economy crisis in the US. Next to Julia it says “Why it’s not a good idea to always follow in America’s footsteps”, this is referring to the relationship between Australia and America.
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