Write a satire letter to the customer service department of any store.Write a satiric letter. It should be a funny treatment of a usually serious subject. Please include the right adress of the...

Write a satire letter to the customer service department of any store.

Write a satiric letter. It should be a funny treatment of a usually serious subject. Please include the right adress of the store.

Please help me!!I tried to write but I couldn't. Please help me!!!!

 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Wow, am interesting idea. Ok, why don't you choose a product that you think is really awful. Then write a letter talking about how great it is by pointing out all of the things you don't like about it but acting like they are good things. Thus the satire part of the letter.
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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If, for instance, you write a letter to the customer service department of a furniture store, you could describe a chair or sofa that you have recently purchased and returned because of it uncomfortableness.  But, do not use the word uncomfortable.  Instead, suggest that the chair or sofa be used in place of "waterboarding" to extract information from terrorists.  The cushions are so ___________that ten minutes of forced seating will elicit confessions ____________. 

Think for a while before writing; call a friend and put your heads together; you will come up with something.

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

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I'm guessing your teacher got this idea after reading one of my favorite funny books, Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy.  He's written letters to every kind of business you can imagine, and they're all perfect examples of satire.  The book was so popular he wrote another, More Letters from a Nut.  Either one would give you some great ideas for your own letter.  Have fun!

 

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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This is one of my FAVORITE parody letters, a real letter sent by a real consumer.  I think you'll find many good ideas here.

 

http://francetales.com/2008/01/22/funny-consumer-letter/

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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We can't write your letter for you, but we can give you some ideas so that you can do it yourself. If your letter is supposed to be satire, make sure you understand what satire is. Satire is basically making fun of something, often while pretending to be serious. It is sometimes outright, but sometimes subtle. A common component of satire is irony (when things work out in an opposite way than expected) and sarcasm (saying one thing but meaning just the opposite).

If you are supposed to write a satiric letter to the customer service department of any store, you should pick a store that you could easily satirize, make fun of, or criticize, and then do it in a serious manner. Remember, the point is to criticize. Use humor.

I will give you a brief example to get your creative juices going and I will use something that you would probably not want to choose, just so that you can rely on your own ideas and creativity.

XYZ Furniture Warehouse, 9111 Calle del Loco, El Diablo, CA 92123

Dear Sirs:

I recently purchased a leather sofa from your store that the salesman assured me was made in the United States. Imagine my surprise when the sofa was delivered, and the shipping label read Zun Chunag, China. I purposefully purchased this sofa to support the U.S. economy, so I was pleased to see that the people who worked on my sofa, Kim Yung Il, Czhoa Tum, Zen Chou and Chou Enlai, proudly signed their names on the manufacturer's label.

I also have a few questions about the sofa. Are the tips of the feathers on the down stuffing supposed to be poking through the leather cushions? My husband was speared on the butt when he sat down and had to be rushed to the ER.

You get the general idea. So, choose a store that you patronize, and find something satiric to write to them about! Good luck.

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