Satire

Satire is ridiculing real people or groups of people, their values or contemporary ideas, such as utilitarianism in Hard Times or the wealthy celebrity social scene in The Great Gatsby.  Note that the character may be mocked, but it is only the people that s/he represents who can be said to be ‘satirised’.

Gin Lane 1751 by William Hogarth 1697-1764

William Hogarth: the grandfather of satire.  This illustration was part of a campaign against cheap gin

 

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