Satire in The Office

A common feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm. Satire is primarily a literary genre or form, although in practice it can also be found in the graphic and performing arts such as TV shows, like The Office. In the show The Office, the humor used is very sarcastic and entertaining. In Huck Finn, Huck expresses satire relating to serious subjects, such as religion. Huck says that he will not bother with Moses because he is dead, so he does not matter. The writers of The Office use satire to make their show more interesting and fun to watch, much like satire is used in Huck Finn to make it more interesting and fun to read. The Office satires a paper making business, they use characters such as Dwight to turn something serious, such as a business, and turn it into a joke. The writers of The Office represent Dwight as someone who lacks intelligence or common sense, yet he has power over the rest of the employees. This relates to satire in Huck Finn because Miss Watson is represented as being a “good Christian women,” with strong values, yet she is still a slave owner. Twain is mocking slavery and the way people, who claim to be good people, treat slaves.

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