Pride And Prejudice Satire Analysis

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Today I joyfully welcome you all to the University of Queensland’s open forum on satire in society, in particular the topic of satire in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The oxford dictionary states that satire is: The use of humour, irony, exaggeration to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues (Oxford Dictionary). Satire is an effective method of getting a message across to an audience, often persuading them to see the creator’s point of view. “Fools are my theme, let satire be my song” by Lord Bryon, an English poet and politician is a perfect example of satire, for it suggests that Lord Bryon enjoyed making fun of the foolish people in his society; therefore, he used satire to ridicule them because they either didn’t understand or they were too ignorant to actually believe that he was talking about them. Another example of satire is Pride and Prejudice – specifically chapter one, Austen uses techniques such as satire and sarcasm to mock both middle ...
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