Menippean Satire

Menippean Satire - Kristin Killmeyer Satire 9/29/09...

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Kristin Killmeyer Satire 9/29/09 Menippean Satire The stories we have been reading so far (Voltaire’s Candide, Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Swift’s A Modest Proposal ) have had a sort of light, humorous criticism or jab at many of life’s problems and predicaments. While the stories were heavily criticizing and making a mockery out of these problems, the criticism was done in a very subtle way. By subtle, I don’t mean that there were very tiny, almost unrecognizable hints of disapproval, but rather, the disapproval was so obvious and blatant that some readers (those who the satires were intended for , not necessarily the audience) were completely oblivious to the message trying to be sent. All they knew was that they were reading a funny story. These three stories are very funny and entertaining, but they provide a certain philosophical and intellectual criticism about the world that many other satires do not. The main purpose of satire is to get the audience to recognize that a change needs to be made in some aspect. While satires
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course ENGLIT 15514 taught by Professor Satyavolu during the Fall '09 term at Pittsburgh.

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