• Notes & Activities
  • Vocabulary

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Notes & Activities:

Most of us don't like to face ugly truths about ourselves or the society in which we live.  What satirists do is force us to confront these issues through humour. 

They use wit, irony or sarcasm to mock or expose people, events or attitudes which they feel we, as a society, need to think about.

What they hope to achieve is change.  They hope that in viewing their work, we will realise how ridiculous we're being, and that these moments of insight will cause us to change our attitudes and actions, or put pressure on others to do so.

Here's a little bit of satire for you.  Hope it makes you think ...


Political cartoonists, in particular, make use of satire to comment on the actions, philosophies and policies of political figures or parties.

The following PowerPoint contains examples of political cartoons with analysis:


Political Cartoons

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Activity 1:



Answer the following questions for each of the cartoons below:

  • Explain the satirical message of the cartoon.
  • Indicate which humour devices have been used (e.g. pun, sarcasm, irony, anticlimax, etc)?

Cartoon 1 - Background:

In January 2009, the world celebrated the inauguration of Barack Obama, who followed the unpopular George W Bush as President of the USA.



Cartoon 2 - Background:

In May 2009, Jacob Zuma's cabinet was sworn in.  He undertook to urgently address the needs of the poor.



Cartoon 3 - Background:

Deaths in taxi-related accidents continue to account for a large percentage of the annual national road accidents death toll.



Cartoon 4 - Background:

The Bafana Bafana team performed poorly in the 2009 Confederations Cup and slipped to 85 in the world rankings.



Cartoon 5 - Background:

South Africa celebrates Women's Day on 9 August each year.



Cartoon 6 - Background:

In July 2009, tens of thousands of municipal workers downed tools and took up demands for better wages.





Answers - Satire

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Activity 2:



Which issue do you face that you think is unfair or ridiculous?  Confront this issue by creating a satirical cartoon to make people think about it in a different light.

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Links:

The following website is a great online source of political cartoons from around the world:

http://politicalhumor.about.com/

Lastly, no discussion on political cartoons would be complete without looking at Zapiro:

http://www.zapiro.com/

Satire is not limited to cartoons.  Authors, playwrites and journalists also use satire to get across their point of view.

Below are links to some websites with satirical content. 

HOWEVER ... please be advised that the articles do sometimes contain some swearing. 

http://www.hayibo.com/

http://www.satirewire.com/

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Vocabulary:



You will never be able to master a subject if you don't have the vocabulary to support it.  So, please learn the following words (contained in these notes).  You will be examined on them.


Vocab Quiz - Satire