Speech on Satire - "Family Guy"

Essay by JohnnyRockHigh School, 11th gradeB, February 2006

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1. Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject, often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change.

2. The text I have chosen for this speech is and episode of "Family Guy". "Family guy", much like "The Simpsons", is a satire on the middle class society of America. Some could go as far as to say that family guy, to a certain extent is a parody of The Simpsons. For those of you who do not know what family guy is, here is a brief over view.

3. "Family Guy" is an animated television series set in the town of Quahog, Rhode Island. The title character is the head of an Irish-Catholic lower-middle class family, frequently beset by the consequences of his antics. As a situation comedy, the premise closely mirrors that of The Simpsons, but the delivery of laughs is brought about quite differently.

4. Brief cutaways and flashbacks to various points in history, geography, and reality involving the characters and their ludicrous actions are a staple of the show's unique brand of humor. Seth MacFarlane, who voices many of the characters, created the show.

5. The show revolves around the adventures of Peter Griffin and his family. Peter is an incompetent production line worker at a toy factory and a bumbling, drunken father, yet still a dedicated family man. His wife, Lois, is a stay-at-home mom/piano teacher and the daughter of wealthy socialites. Their children are the socially awkward and

6. status-conscious, Meg, the mentally slow, yet artistically gifted Chris, and the diabolically super-intelligent baby Stewie. The family also lives with an intelligent, cynical, alcoholic, talking dog named Brian.

From this description it is easy, again to a certain extent, to see how family guy is a parody of...