If you missed class last Monday and Tuesday, you missed our introduction to SATIRE. We read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and analyzed it in small groups.

We also looked at the following clips from the Colbert Report in which Stephen Colbert alludes to Swift’s original satire in two different segments of “The Word.”

Modest Porpoisal:

 

Swift Payment:

Colbert also referenced Swift when he was embroiled in a controversy over a satirical comment that was deemed racist.  In response to the Twitter uproar (#CancelColbert), Colbert said: “When I saw the tweet without context, I understood how people were offended.  The same way I, as an Irish-American, was offended after reading only one line of Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ I mean, ‘eat Irish babies! #CancelSwift’” Trend it!”

 

Tools of the Satirist:

Moving forward, we will be studying satire in a variety of genres and we prepare for crafting our own original modest proposals.

Satire Tools