A search on humor provides a number of jokes and stories such as a Fable of a sparrow and a hawk and the article, "Soldier Has Rather Novel Idea" in which an officer sells insurance to army soldiers by arguing that it would make it too expensive for the government to put them into dangerous situations.
More topical satire is available in pieces such as "Humour Like This is the Spice of Life" in which the author suggests that repealing the Fifteenth Amendment and replacing it with an amendment that allows only one out of every ten African Americans to vote. A search on cartoon also provides examples of political humor including, "Real Chore" and "History Repeats Itself" (1921).
- How effective is wit and humor in conveying a message?
- How does "Humor Like This is the Spice of Life" use humor to discuss serious social issues? Try writing a definition of satire.
- What contemporary issues might be effectively discussed through humor and satire?
- Use the examples above as a basis for writing a fable, satire, or humorous essay of your own.