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Satire: Concept, Types, Conclusion

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Satire

Concept

  • Satire is a literary genre which undermines its subject by making it appear ridiculous. It differs from comedy, which aims to evoke laughter for its own sake. While comedy merely strives to be humorous, satire is always pointed towards a certain subject. Through humour and ridicule, satire intends to expose the follies of this subject, which might be an individual, group of people, or society at large. There is no strict distinction between comedy and satire however, as a comic character may often have satirical aspects to it. For example, the character Malvolio in Shakespeare՚s Twelfth Night, is mainly intended as a comic creation. However, it m…

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