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Humour/satire in Oryx and Crake?

Asked by Laina (424points) March 24th, 2011

Hi :)

I’m reading Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood for English, and apparently there’s supposed to be a whole lot of humour and satire, but I can’t find any. Am I missing something? Could you help point me in the right direction?

(Maybe part of the issue is that I’m not entirely sure what satire is.)

Thanks a lot.

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Dr_Dredd's avatar

A lot of the “corporation” names in the books were darkly humorous: “Anooyou”, “ReJoovenEsence”, etc.

gailcalled's avatar

You cannot identify something as satire if you aren’t entirely sure what satire is. So start by learning the definitions and examples.

Here’s one:
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. See note at wit.

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