What is the primary purpose of satire and why was satire a favoured genre for eighteenth century writers and illustrators?
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First of all, What is Satire?
Satire is the way that the writer or author uses dark humor.
Not only does it give the readers some pleasure and amusement, but also makes the piece interesting. Satire is also used when making a foolish statement or foolishness in the story.
In the 18th century, Writers wanted to promote reason and rationality over tradition and religion. Therefore making fun of the traditional ways of thinking.
Satire was also an effective way of shaming the aristocratic society that Britain had during those days. The humor is often dry and is misunderstood by outsiders where the focus of stories are on actual and current issues that are relevant to that particular age.