Satire Study in CCHS World Lit Class
The World Lit seniors have been studying satire. They learned that satire takes an issue that needs addressing and uses techniques (humor, irony, exaggeration, understatement, lampoon, parody, etc.) to make a larger point about that issue.
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
They read “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift, a piece that criticizes the rich’s treatment of the poor in Dublin; “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, which takes aim at aesthetics and the peculiarities of British culture and traditions; and are now watching the Cold War film “Dr. Strangelove,” in which the filmmaker uses humor to address the absurdity of war and “mutually assured destruction.”
Writing Satire and Observing Werewolves
They also wrote their own satirical pieces and addressed a range of concerns, including the school dress code, society’s treatment of animals, the cost of attending college, the prison system, terrorism, and even the lack of space afforded to visitors of the ladies restroom. Who knew that Navy Seal-trained “werewolves” could be the answer to all of our problems?
Ms. Meyer, CCHS English Teacher