ENG 3U – Satire, a dish of mixed ingredients


Here’s a quick bit of satire to start the day off on the right foot. . .

If by its very definition, satire is “a dish of mixed ingredients,” then perhaps a simple way to consider it is to think about satire as being like a bag of mixed nuts. Or better yet, trail mix.

With the proper ingredients, trail mix (satire) can be delicious (entertaining), nutritious (educational) and can take care of nagging hunger (direct focus on a ridiculous or cultural issue or problem). But put in too little of one ingredient (read: M&Ms) and too much of another (ahem, raisins, ahem), and you may have a problem. A not-so-delicious problem.

When creating satire, a fine balance must be kept between the ingredients. These are, of course, rhetorical devices. Too much, and it can become convoluted or insulting to the point of the message not getting across. Let’s review the basic rhetorical devices, shall we?


While we watch this clip, think about what makes this particular clip satirical.



Next, let’s focus on active listening strategies:

What are the benefits of active listening, especially in small group and larger group settings?
What does it take to become an active listener?
What barriers sometimes stand in the way of listening actively? What strategies can be developed to overcome those barriers?


Finally, I want you to write a 150 word satire of something that would like to poke fun at or openly ridicule. This is the only time I will ever tell you to be sarcastic in class!


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