What Are Satirical Devices?

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Exaggeration, humor, irony and ridicule are common satirical devices. Such devices are used in literature or media to criticize corruption or to convey the author's belief in the foolishness of a person, group or society. Political comic strips use satire to indicate the creator's opinion on a politician's flaws.

Entertainer Stephen Colbert is famous for portraying a satirical character in his talk show, "The Colbert Report." In the show, the host pokes fun at conservative politicians by using exaggeration and irony to point out the misgivings of their values. "Huckleberry Finn" and "Gulliver's Travels" used satire through their characters to portray changes in societal values.