Reading Gulliver’s Travels in April


This month our literature club is reading Gulliver’s Travels. It’s a great book to learn about the writing device, satire.

SATIRE as defined by dictionary.com is: the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.; a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was written shortly after the Civil War.  Twain did not like slavery or think that it was right. Twain mocks slavery and makes a strong statement about the way people treated slaves.

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

Here’s a fun example for you.

The Ebay Song, by Weird Al

What’s your favorite parody? What satirical books or short stories have you read?

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