By Ruben Quintero
This selection of twenty-nine unique essays, surveys satire from its emergence in Western literature to the current.
- Tracks satire from its first appearances within the prophetic books of the outdated testomony in the course of the Renaissance and the English culture in satire to Michael Moore’s satirical motion picture Fahrenheit 11th of September .
- Highlights the real impact of the Bible within the literary and cultural improvement of Western satire.
- Focused commonly on significant classical and ecu affects on and works of English satire, but in addition explores the advanced and fertile cultural cross-semination in the culture of literary satire.
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Even the narratives of exemplary Israelites, like Daniel or Mordecai in Esther, reinforce this awareness of the noncompromising quality of faith in Yahweh. Daniel is a success even in captivity. But called upon to worship a false god instead of or in addition to Yahweh, Daniel refuses. His steadfastness is, of course, rewarded. Daniel, like Mordecai, will not compromise his faith. Nor is Mordecai’s steadfastness without its grimly humorous component, as the treacherous Haman is hanged on the very gibbet he had prepared for his Israelite enemy.
We participate in what amuses us. The laughter of satire is a you laughter, mocking, malicious, finger-pointing, and gloating. Jonathan Swift once disturbingly reminded us in an adaptation of a maxim of Rochefoucauld that he much admired that there is something in the misfortune of our friends that does not displease us. How much more satisfaction must there be in the misfortune of our enemies, in seeing them brought down for behavior we find reprehensible and which, by implication at the very least, we do not discover in ourselves?
In satire, as in comedy, we will always be made aware of the conventions, patterns, systems, theories, and the like which operate in any society and quite often operate without awareness on the part of those living by those norms. Where we marry, what subject we major in, what political ideas we subscribe to, how we are educated, what we believe – the answers to these and like questions are the conventions we live by. In the critical laughter generated by satire (and irony), these conventions in their many, many forms will be the target.
A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern by Ruben Quintero