20 Facts About Satire


Satire is a genre of the visual, literary, and performing arts, usually in the form of fiction and less frequently non-fiction, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, often with the intent of shaming or exposing the perceived flaws of individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement.

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Satire is found in many artistic forms of expression, including internet memes, literature, plays, commentary, music, film and television shows, and media such as lyrics.

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Satire confronts public discourse and the collective imaginary, playing as a public opinion counterweight to power, by challenging leaders and authorities.

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Satire's job is to expose problems and contradictions, and it's not obligated to solve them.

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Satire is a diverse genre which is complex to classify and define, with a wide range of satiric "modes".

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Satire instead uses the comic to go against power and its oppressions, has a subversive character, and a moral dimension which draws judgement against its targets.

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Satire goes on to describe a far more obviously extreme and unrealistic tale, involving interplanetary exploration, war among alien life forms, and life inside a 200 mile long whale back in the terrestrial ocean, all intended to make obvious the fallacies of books like Indica and The Odyssey.

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Satire was introduced into Arabic prose literature by the author Al-Jahiz in the 9th century.

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Satire was well aware that, in treating of new themes in his prose works, he would have to employ a vocabulary of a nature more familiar in hija, satirical poetry.

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Satire's work is noted for its satire and obscene verses, often political or bawdy, and often cited in debates involving homosexual practices.

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Satire wrote the Resaleh-ye Delgosha, as well as Akhlaq al-Ashraf and the famous humorous fable Masnavi Mush-O-Gorbeh, which was a political satire.

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Satire has played a prominent role in Indian and Hindi literature, and is counted as one of the "ras" of literature in ancient books.

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John Dryden wrote an influential essay entitled "A Discourse Concerning the Original and Progress of Satire" that helped fix the definition of satire in the literary world.

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Satire bitterly opposed the New Poor Laws and was passionate on the subject of the British government's botched response to the Great Irish Famine and the mistreatment of British soldiers during the Crimean War.

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Satire's hero, Huck, is a rather simple but goodhearted lad who is ashamed of the "sinful temptation" that leads him to help a fugitive slave.

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Anatoly Lunacharsky wrote 'Satire attains its greatest significance when a newly evolving class creates an ideology considerably more advanced than that of the ruling class, but has not yet developed to the point where it can conquer it.

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Satire is used on many UK television programmes, particularly popular panel shows and quiz shows such as Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You .

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Satire believed that humour is a very powerful weapon and he often made it clear that he imitates the dictator to satirize him, not to glorify him.

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Satire is gaining recognition for is value in social science research particularly when authors are seeking to unpack complex social issues like gendered racism.

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Satire criticises in an ironic, essentially indirect way, it frequently escapes censorship in a way more direct criticism might not.

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