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In my english class, we're currently learning about the use of satire. We have to have...

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brooke44321 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM via web

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In my english class, we're currently learning about the use of satire. We have to have a partner and write an essay to go along with a 30 second to 1 minute skit. We were think about our topic to be abortion but we have no idea how to make a skit out of it. And we're both COMPLETELY AGAINST abortion. We think it should be illegal, not only in the U.S.A., but in the entire world. Any ideas? Or if you have any other ideas besides abortion, that'd be great as well. We just need some guidance please. Thank you.

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tjbrewer | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted March 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Well Satire is looking at things that are terrible, like abortion, as if they are positive.  Johnathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" would be a good comparison.  In the satirical work, Swift proposes that the Irish people, who are starving from a potato famine, eat their children for sustenance.  Of course this is anything but a modest proposal, and the language continues to make it out as no big deal.  His point was that far less extreme solutions existed. 

So for abortion, a skit might be of a D&C abortion procedure using pro-life terms (e.g. baby instead of fetus) while maintaining either a monotone or cheerful voice.

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