Satire And Irony, Much Like Doughnuts And Bribery

1569 Words Jan 28th, 2016 7 Pages
The use of satire and irony, much like doughnuts and bribery, tends to be a creative way of getting someone to see things from your viewpoint. Unfortunately, unlike doughnuts and bribery, satire and irony are often misinterpreted by the public in extraordinary ways. What was meant to be educational might be deemed ignorant, and what was meant to be a productive critique of race relations and the educational system might be deemed “the most grotesque example of racist trash ever written.”
While I’m not trying to call out one person in particular for misunderstanding my work (and certainly not a Mr. John H. Wallace), I would like to clarify my intentions in writing my most misunderstood piece of work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I would also like to comment on the current state of the society and politics of this great nation which we call home. I should say first, however, that I find it highly amusing that the people in this country have the time to attack a work that is purposefully jarring when America is falling apart around their ears. A high wealth gap, elections influenced by rich idiots in support of other, more easily influenced rich idiots, and the culture of having “faux-morals” are some of the things slowly eating away at the soul of this country. Despite all this, there may still be hope of mending things in the future. The tradition of using satire and irony to effect change (which I’d like to believe that I started) has survived through mock-news…
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