The Literary Devices : Satire Essay

950 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout the history of literature, writers have used a variety of different literary devices to reach their intended audiences. “Literary Devices refers to the typical structures used by writers in their works to convey his or her messages in a simple manner to the readers. When employed properly, the different literary devices help readers to appreciate, interpret and analyze a literary work”(Literary Devices Editors). Many great authors are knowledgeable about the various types of literary devices that can be used in a way to exemplify the points they are intending to make. One such literary device that can be and has been used throughout literature is satire. According to Douglas Harper, satire is, “An obsolete kind of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author 's enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness.” This is saying that satire is a way to criticize someone without outright saying what it is you mean. Carly Smith answers the question of why satire is used by saying, “Why is it used? Softens severity of critiques.” Smith points out that author’s use satire as a way to criticize character’s within their work in a way that portrays the idea so that they do not have to say what they mean directly. Geoffrey Chaucer uses satire in a large majority of his works, including The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer uses satire throughout The Canterbury Tales in the General Prologue with the Monk, in the General Prologue with the Pardoner, and in The…

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