Satire : Satire And Satire

1498 WordsNov 6, 20156 Pages
If there is a universal aspect of developed societies it most likely expresses itself in satire. Satire, as defined by Google is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people 's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. It seems to be especially prevalent in the current climate of America, from South Park to the Onion one never has to go far to get entertaining commentary on the social or political happenings of the day. Satire is not a new literary device and satirical works have been documented in societies as ancient as the early Egyptian empire. It has made regular appearances in works of literature ever since. Despite the widespread and longstanding presence of satire on the earth, there are many who would say that satire is a largely American practice. This observation is likely due to the fact that one of the world 's most famous satirists was born in America and oftentimes made America the subject of his works. This man 's name was Mark Twain and he used his intimate knowledge of life in the South to write several satirical works commenting on the more disagreeable practices of Southern society. His most famous satirical work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is rife with satirical commentary on topics such as racism, religion, and romanticism. In this novel, Twain uses his satirical skills to criticize what he views as negative aspects of Southern society, aspects such as

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