The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I found this way too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.
authors ridicule vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings with the intent of shaming those involved into improvement
- Most writers of satire use humor to make their point but it’s not required.
- Use implication rather than making a direct point.
- Use exaggeration to make your point. Don’t be afraid to exaggerate.
- Satire relies on literary elements such as irony, malapropism, juxtaposition, understatement, diminution, metaphor, and parody.
- Take a serious issue and poke fun at it to ridicule society.
- Your goal is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
- Your humorous writing should foster feelings of aggression, annoyance, even panic against the target of your satire.
- Language should be vivid and punchy.
- Make the normal appear abnormal and vice versa.
- Flip things on their head and subvert them.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain–included examples of satire
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- 1984 by George Orwell
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020.