The Disillusionment of Satire

Interesting essay about the disillusionment of Satire in Orwell’s Brave New World.

Mitchell Firman


Satire, the language of the poet, writer and film-maker, has been one of the primary modes of criticism since its first conception. Often satire is a response, a differentiation of ideals or appropriateness that the author has with the public view of normality. As Leonard Feinberg states, in his seminal work on satire called Introduction to Satire, the satirist “is stimulated by the incongruities in society, he is infuriated or amused by them, and he ridicules them.” (1967: 12) By this definition of satirist we can understand to important facts about satire itself. 1. It involves an element of comedy and ridicule. 2. It involves an element of disillusionment from the current society.

Satire can then be seen as being disillusioned both morally and politically from the society it was created in. Edward A. Bloom and Lillian D. Bloom give us an insight to the mind of the author…

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