Shedding some light on sarcasm, irony, satire and parody

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Satire occurs in literature to bring attention to a cause and bring individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement.  Satire may be meant to be more constructive than humorous. Satire’s job is to expose problems and contradictions, and it’s not obligated to solve them. its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit as a weapon and as a tool to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society. Satire can be used to “make people laugh and then make them think”

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/satire  

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Satire can cover irony, sarcasm, burlesque, parody, exaggeration, juxtaposition and double entendres. It can be directed toward one individual, a whole country or even the world. It is sometimes serious, acting as a protest or to expose, or comical when used to poke fun at something or someone.

Satire examples from media include:

“Weekend Update” from Saturday Night Live

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The Daily Show

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Irony

In irony, words are used to show the opposite of the actual meaning. The three kinds of irony are:

Verbal irony – – What you say is different from the words you use.

Situational irony — compares what is expected to happen with what actually does happen.

Dramatic irony –– uses a narrative to give the audience more information about the story than the character knows.

Here is an example of irony from The Simpsons television show, spoken by the character Sideshow Bob, “I’m aware of the irony of appearing on TV in order to decry it.”

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Parody

A parody is also called a spoof, and is used to make fun or mock someone or something by imitating them in a funny or satirical way. Parody is found in literature, movies, and song.

A good example or a parody is the song  “I lost on Jeopardy” by Weird Al Yankovic, which is a parody of the song “Our Love’s in jeopardy” by Greg Kihn.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – I Lost On Jeopardy 

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Sarcasm

Sarcasm is a sharp or cutting remark  which is really meant to really drive a point home. It can be meant to give pain and can include irony. On the other hand, sometimes you can make a point and still be funny. Here are some examples of sarcasm that are humorous, but still get their meaning across.

Paul Newman said, “It’s always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black.”

Steven Bishop remarked, “It’s a catastrophic success” and “I feel so miserable without you, it’s almost like having you here.”

Oscar Wilde wrote, “I am not young enough to know everything.”

Groucho Marx used many sarcastic one-liners in his comedy. Here are a few:

“Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.”

“I didn’t like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions – the curtain was up.”

“I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.”

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books and literature

books and literature

 

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remembering those weekend outings with my family

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family outing in the station wagon.

family outing in the station wagon.

was just remembering those weekend outing when I was a kid and we would load the whole family into the station wagon and head off to Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara.

small gas grill at the beach

small gas grill at the beach

If we went to Pismo Beach, my dad would bring a little gas grill and we would heat up some hot dogs.

downtown San Luis Obispo

downtown San Luis Obispo

 

If we went to San Luis Obispo we might stop downtown or go to the mall and do some shopping.

downtown Santa Barbara

downtown Santa Barbara

Santa Barabara took about an hour to get there, so we would usually go to the mall and spend the day there.

just the kids at the beach

just the kids at the beach

Ahh, remembering the good old days!

it was just a misunderstanding

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It was just a misunderstanding, so they say

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To take the law of meeting randomly and free choice into consideration.

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Two people occupying the same space at the same time

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and yet it was just a simple misunderstanding.

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Grace and MERCY

 

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Everyday I thank the Lord that he has given me GRACE and MERCY to live another day.

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Grace is when God gives us something that we don’t deserve

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As Billy Graham said “God’s Mercy and Grace give me hope, for myself and for our world”

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Three things that we are given FREELY everyday:

MERCY, GRACE, FORGIVENESS

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A moment of Inner Peace and Solitude

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A moment of Inner Peace and Solitude

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One fleeting moment of inner peace,

A brief glimpse of a world at peace with itself.

All is quiet now except for the chirping of a sparrow.

Far away from the ROAR of the city traffic,

away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

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All those the Father gives me will come to me,

and whoever comes to me I  will never drive away.”

John 6:37

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In the BEGINNING was the WORD

John 1

King James Version (KJV)

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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The same was in the beginning with God.

In the beginning was the WORD

In the beginning was the WORD

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

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Please Mr. Obama -No NEW War

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Can we here in the STATES just MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS and stay the hell out of OTHER COUNTRIES BUSINESS.

Hands off Syria

Please Mr. Obama, we beg you, NO NEW WAR with SYRIA.  Our troops are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and we don’t need a NEW CONFLICT at this time.

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Let’s just KEEP OUT of Syria and MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS.

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Just say NO to a NEW WAR!