Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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The Adventures of Huckleberryu Finn by Mark Twain | 60second Recap®

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain uses satire to convey a serious message about the shortcomings of the modern world.

In the mood for something funny? Pick up a satire—but be prepared to squirm a little, too. The point of satire isn’t just to make you smile ... but to make you think.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde. 60second Book Review

In The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde presents a satire of social class and custom.

Think of satire as comedy plus social activism. In other words, satire is about changing things—and hopefully waking other people up to this need for change, too.

Yes, satire is supposed to be funny, the author's focus is really on attacking 8or criticizing something he or she disapproves of. In satire, though, the author's weapon is wit.

Satire is everywhere. Charles Dickens used it. So did Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, and Jane Austen. Even the guy on the hundred dollar bill used it: Ben Franklin was a satirist too.

How do you recognize a satire?

Look for things like irony, sarcasm, and exaggeration. Here's another hint: If you're laughing but also feeling a little uncomfortable, it's probably satire ... not that burrito you had for lunch.

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How to Write an A+ Essay: Thesis StatementsA+ essays are never formulaic. But they do have a few things in common.

Engaging lead sentences. Provocative thesis statements. Drum-tight arguments supported by facts that are always relevant and sometimes surprising.

It's easier than you think. In How to Write an A+ Paper: A Step by Step Guide to Acing Your Next Assignment, you'll learn my strategies and techniques for writing essays that are both persuasive and engaging to read. In other words, essays that earn an A+.

Read the introduction here, or grab your copy from Amazon.

Literary Analysis 101: Dictionary of Terms Metaphor in Literature

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Motifs in Literature: Literary Analysis 101. 60second Recap

Literary Analysis 101: Dictionary of Terms Motifs in Literature

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So What?
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