One of the more influential, and yet subtly complex literary genres is satire. Since it’s a fairly advanced subject to tackle, we’ll be treating this more as an introduction to satire rather than a comprehensive examination.
So, to get our feet wet with satire, here are a few links that you’ll need for class:
- Satire: Notes from Mr. DeMiero’s Keynote presentation
- Text of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” – perhaps the most famous piece of satire in the English language
- Shmoop’s pretty darn good explanation of Swift’s satire
- Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron“
- Former teacher’s solution to PDA: Modest proposal satire essay
- A fairly sharp jab at you pesky teenagers from “The Onion”: Area Teen Up To Something
- IMDB’s link to “2081“
- Official site of “2081“
- In-depth analysis of “2081“
- Link to “Santa’s Children” by Italo Calvino
- Link to “Millions” by Danny Boyle
And, if you’re willing to dig a little deeper – and definitely a little darker – here’s one of the best short stories you’ll probably ever read. It’s disturbingly satirical, yes, but it’s also macabre and definitely creepy.
Finally, here’s the link to the assignment. Remember, you must be logged in as a member of our Google Classroom in order to be able to access this assignment. Questions? Please see me.