I'm doing a paper in defense of W.H.Auden's view on satire.
His theory is:
1)The comic butt of satire is a person who, through in possession of moral faculties, transgresses the moral law beyond the normal call of temptation.
2) The two common satirical devices are presenting the object (person) as if he were mad (unaware of nature of act) and that they be demonic (completely conscious of evil action.)
He also states: "Satire flourishes in a homogeneous society with a common conception of the moral law, for satirist and audience must agree as to how normal people can be expected to behave, and in times of relative stability and contentment, for satire cannot deal with serious evil and suffering."
--Does anyone have any suggestions for a well-known satire that would conform to these principles?