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Literary Devices used in Satire by Mind Map: Literary Devices used in Satire
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Literary Devices used in Satire

hyperbole: exaggeration (representing something bigger, greater, or more important)

"The Baron's lady weighed about three hundred and fifty pounds..." (pg.1)

"...was therefore a person of great consideration" (pg.1)

allusion: making reference to an outside topic such as work of art, a place, an event to

"I find that I shall be the only happy man when I am blessed with the sight of my dear Cunegonde." (pg.73)

"Whirlwinds of fire and shes covered the streets and public places; houses fell, roofs were flung upon the pavements, and the pavements were scattered." (pg.10)

parody: imitating or mimicking the style of a certain text, picture, song in a humorous way

"It is demonstrable that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for all being created for an end, all is necessary for the best end." (pg.1)

"But is there not a pleasure in criticizing everything, in pointing out faults where others see nothing but beauties? " (pg. 73)

oxymoron: combining two opposite words

'heroic butchery" (pg.5)

"some pleasure in having no pleasure."(pg.73)

irony: expressing the word with an opposite meaning

"The tender, loving Candide, seeing his beautiful Cunegonde embrowned, with blood-shot eyes, withered neck, wrinkled cheeks, and rough, red arms...She embraced Candide and her brother...and Candide ransomed them both." (pg.82)

"Master Pangloss, the greatest philosopher of the whole province, and consequently of the whole world." (pg.2)

understatement: representing something smaller, worse, or less important

"Candide wondered why it was that the ace never came to him; but Martin was not at all astonished."(pg.57)

"Everything is right, mat be, but I declare it is very hard to have lost Miss Cunegonde and to be put upon a spit by Oreillons."(pg.38)