I need help writing a satirical essay on "how to make a dinner party memorable."

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This should be a very fun essay for you to write, once you get an idea and start to write. The only thing you really need to understand is that satire is a way of expressing something true by saying it is false--or vice versa. This contrast between what you say and what you mean is also called verbal irony, and we all use it all the time.

For example, let us assume you do not like school. If I were to ask you if you like school, you might say something like this: "Sure, I just looooove school." Of course what you mean is that you do not love school. That's verbal irony and sarcasm.

So, if you are supposed to write about making a dinner party memorable, start by thinking of all the positive things you might remember about a really great dinner party, such as good food, good friends, fun times, and whatever else you can think of. Then combine as many of these elements as possible into two or three main categories and you are ready to begin.

If you picked food, think of all the ways food might be horrible at a dinner party and write as if they are all good things. In other words, treat the bad stuff as if it were good, using positive language even though you're talking about something negative.

There are other options, of course, and I have attached an interesting site (below) for you to look at. Here are a few suggestions from this site:

Now its time to start writing. Here are some tips to make your satire essay shine.

  1. Use hyperbole to exaggerate points.
  2. Strategically choose language that exaggerates the irony.
  3. Add lots of humor
  4. The more sarcastic the better
  5. Stick the facts

Remember, writing a satire essay can be fun. 

If you get a little lost, think of things that would make a terrible dinner party or things that would make a dinner party memorable because they are so outrageous. Happy writing!

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