It attacks the thoughts and reactions society feels to these people and W.H Auden captures this essence of what society is actually like in the general aspect. This form of Satire is used in a less comical way in this text but still can be an essential part to the understanding and placement of crucial ideas that have been melded into this poem. But the ridicule technique can also be used in a far more comical sense, as seen in The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin. Set in the 1940’s it is a film that
Through this title, Damon is almost using a form of scare tactic on his audience. With the dark word of death followed by the powerful, meaningful word of honesty, he makes his audience curious as to what would cause such a thing. This strategy builds on the audience’s fears of losing such a great virtue. In the first paragraph of “The Death of Honesty”, Damon touches on the idea of when being dishonest, or even stretching the truth, is justifiable. He brings up the example that misinforming troopers about the hidden families during the Nazi occupation of Germany was honorable and courageous.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton describes exactly what happened in George Orwell's world of Nineteen Eighty-Four. In today's modern society one can see some of the characteristics of Orwell's dystopia. These characteristics suggest that while many saw novels like Nineteen Eighty-Four as, "attractive to the primarily fringe thinkers" (Science) they are still relative to this day. In essence Orwell gave signs through his novel so that people of the world can avoid destruction brought on by their own government like that of Hitler and Stalin. Gwyneth Roberts says in her article about Nineteen Eighty-Four that, “Some of Orwell’s Newspeak vocabulary (Newspeak itself, Big Brother, doublethink) has entered the English language; certainly his vision of a drab totalitarian future has entered the general consciousness, although it is difficult to know whether his warning [have] been fully understood” (Roberts).
Situational irony is probably most used in movies and books. It is used to strengthen the suspense of the novel or movie. In The Scarlet Pimpernel an example of situational irony is when we find out that the pinioned Benjamin Rosenbaum is really Sir Percy, the Scarlet Pimpernel, in disguise. We didn’t expect the Jew to be the Scarlet Pimpernel because he was giving away the location of the Pere Blachard’s hut. We also didn’t expect him to be so near to his enemy.
In "In a Mystery of Heroism" Stephen Crane uses the stylistic techniques of irony, dialogue, and realism, to create the theme of heroism. The stylistic technique irony created the theme of heroism in this mystery of heroism. The literary critic George Monteiro who wrote the article "After the Red Badger: Mysteries of Heroism, Death, and Burial in Stephen Crane's Fiction" says, "Fred Collins allows himself into performing a foolish dangerous act" (para. 8). The idea of dramatic irony since Collins is unknowing of this dangerous journey while the audience and his comrades are.
Being a war-opponent and social activist, Howard Zinn’s most likely intention in writing “Unsung Heroes” was to educate people about the mistakes (and deliberate lies) that are, in his opinion, very common in the perception of American history. Also, he likely wanted to direct attention towards the un-credited but “true” heroes who may not be shining enough to fit the common definition of a hero, but who have made meaningful contributions and therefore deserve to be remembered. In any case, they are people who are not responsible for killings of native Americans or the suppressing of minorities. Despite the popularity of Zinn’s views and of “A Peoples History of the United States”, there is an opinion that Zinn is overly pessimistic in his interpretation of the past. Further, some people complain, as he states himself, that they feel “thoroughly alienated and depressed” after reading the book.
Jessica C Anthem for a Doomed Youth: Wilfred Owen Thesis statement: In "Anthem for a Doomed Youth" Wilfred Owen questions the social, religious and political values of the 20th century by using a variety of poetic techniques. Introduction War poetry became an influential genra amongst the British population during the First World War, people admired the truthfulness of the authors who spoke of the horrors that they experienced through poetry. Owen Wilson was one of the most praised authors of his times; his poems depicted the brutality and the horror of war with depth and reality, his art was a mix between criticism of war and patriotism for his country and fellow soldiers. In “Anthem for a Doomed Youth”, Wilfred Owen questions social, religious and political values of the 20th century by using a variety of poetic techniques. Owen depicts the human cost of war and the social and religious ritual’s inability to commemorate properly the dead.
Whilst Roald Dahl writes in a comical style that is relatable, which complements the social applicability of the subject matter. The different approaches of these authors leads to a question on the effectiveness and issues of both techniques. Swastika is a good example of a more satirical approach towards influencing the reader. Swastika is a story that tries to influence the reader by showing the absurdity of the conspiracy theories using strong Juvenalian satire. An example of this is after the operation to swap bodies and larynxes between the President and Hitler there were no “operating scars… no recuperating period…” (Charles Bukowski, Swastika) the absurdity, not to mention impossibility, of this is an obvious sign of what the author is trying to achieve.
Does it offer significant insights into the complexities of human existence and the development of American culture, or does it simply appeal to vulgar adolescent minds with its obscene language, complaining about everything without developing any positive insights of its own? While some of the initial reviews of The Catcher in the Rye were negative, critics later acknowledged it as a significant literary work and demonstrated how the novel's narrative structure, themes, and character development resemble other great works of literature. For example, Arthur
TOM JONES: Henry Fielding felt great concern towards the embellished stylization of epic novels, and in order to relay his critiques of this popularized genre, he constructed an epic parody to reveal the turgid grandiose nature of such works through a sarcastic spoof. Commenced with his sarcastic invocation of a muse, Henry Fielding’s epic parody, Tom Jones emphasizes comic concern with the classical epic style by epithets and personifications with a satirical twist. Tom Jones may help us reflect on the hypocrisy and callousness of societies, nations and regimes in the modern world. It inspires the reader to fearlessly critique them through word and action. Most of the criticism coming from western countries seems to willfully overlook this aspect.