Through a Close Examination of Two or Three Passages from ‘Scoop’ and Consideration of Other Examples of Satire That You Have Read, Explore How ‘Scoop’ Works as a Satire.

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Scoop: A Novel about Journalists
Through a close examination of two or three passages from ‘Scoop’ and consideration of other examples of satire that you have read, explore how ‘Scoop’ works as a satire.

‘Scoop’, published in 1938, was one of Evelyn Waugh’s earliest novels. In this novel Waugh presents a humorous and satirical view on Fleet Street journalists and their frenzied hunt of a scoop. Other novels, such as ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift and ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell, both portray satirical messages throughout. In ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, Swift satirises human nature, and the political system and government. He uses Gulliver as a satirical device, and in order to portray the sarcasm and over-exaggeration of what Swift is satirising, he sends Gulliver on three journeys to strange lands, where he encounters odd people and thing, more tools that Swift uses. Gulliver's first journey takes him to the Land of Lilliput, where the local inhabitants of the land are six inch tall beings and he is a giant. His next journey brings him to Brobdingnag, where his situation is reversed, and he is a midget among giants. His third journey leads him to Laputa, a floating island which is inhabited by strange beings who derive their whole culture from music and mathematics. And finally Gulliver's fourth journey places him in the land of the Houyhnhnm, a society of intelligent, reasoning horses. By creating these four mysterious, ridiculous yet rather amusing journeys, Swift is able to add irony and satire of the English political system and the human ways. In Gulliver’s first journey for example, he gets ship-wrecked and swims ashore. When he wakes up, he finds himself tied to the ground by tiny people. Swift uses this to satirise the power of humans, and portrays the irony of a giant being tied down and held prisoner by tiny people. Also, Swift uses the…...

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