Analyzing Humor

Part1. Satire relies on many techniques usually associated with comedy, including exaggeration,
understatement, warped logic, improbable situations, and ridiculous names. Make a chart where you list each
of the five techniques and many examples you can find for each technigue in A Modest Proposal and The
Rape of the Locke. Part 2. Use the details you gathered on that chart to write a brief analysis of Swift’s or
Pope’s humor. When you analyze something, you take it apart and examine its elements to see how it works.
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Analyzing Humor

Download the Word.doc attached to this overview. You wilt
complete the assignment on this Word.doc, rename the file, and upload it to the dropbox.
Word count: 3 pages double spaced (I will deduct up to 15 points if you’re over under the length)
First, find a source that provides writing tips–on anything. In the past, students have submitted tips for
using commas, tips for tone, tips for incorporating citations, editing tips, finding your voice, language, etc.,
Look anywhere: youtube, our databases, google scholar, writing blogs, books (Stephen King’s On Writing,
William Zinsser’s On Writing Well, Ray Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing, and Ann Lamott’s Bird by Bird
are four personal favorites), etc.,
You cannot use the Rod Baird articles from the Narrative
If you’re searching online, vary your keywords (don’t just search for “tips for writing weil” but be specific)
Next, prepare your analysis.
You will include a citation of the source (citation #1) on the cover page so you don’t need a references
page–remember, you’re using the file attached to this overview
Provide summary of why you chose this topic (there’s no wrong answer here, just be honest)
Provide summary of source (whether it’s a video, book chapter, article, blog)
Provide analysis of why this source is helpful
Provide evaluation of how this source could be improved
Click “Save As” and rename the file so it includes your name
Upload the document to the Dropbox by the due date

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