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What is the difference between a satire and a farce?

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ttt12 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted December 4, 2011 at 12:17 AM via web

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What is the difference between a satire and a farce?

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mrscorbett | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 4, 2011 at 1:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Satire is more intellectual humor, more sarcastic, while a farce is more slap-slip, ridiculous or absurd.  A satirical perspective is more humorous with perhaps a degree of cynicism thrown in.  Farce is more exaggerated, more slap slick.  Think Marx Brothers or Three Stooges.  Satire can be more undertone while farce is more outlandish.

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