16-17 Per. 4 Juvenalian Satire

All about Juvenalian Satire

By Fiona Picchi, Takim Sikin, Chanelle Bautista, and James Republicano




The use of criticism to make fun of or belittle an individual, group of individuals, or institution. Juvenalian satire is used in a more serious sense to attack a person verbally . It is focused on a more realistic view of events, and utilizes a more serious and dark tone to describe events, people, or institutions.

American Born Chinese

by Gene Luen Yang

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This is great example of juvenalian satire because it portrays chinese men to be evil and beast like by drooling, having buck teeth, and with red eyes. This is satire because it is not true and it is juvenalian because it bitterly makes fun of how asians look.

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Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury


Fahrenheit 451 is a example of Juvenalian Satire because it shows a world based upon lies. Where people think that books are bad and hurt you. Also if you’re found with a book you’re house will be burnt to a crisp by Firemen and then you are jailed. It makes you have that oh shit moment because it makes really appreciate how important books are in life.

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1950. Print.


How to Spot A Criminal

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This is a juvenalian satire because it criticizes about a regular person wearing regular outerwear. This is then negatively commenting someone’s physical appearance based on the assumptions mentioned; thus these assumptions would negatively make the person who wears something like this feel belittled in the society. This is also based on another guy named Trayvon Martin was shot because of the police assumption that he was a bad person, since he was wearing a hoody. Which was proven false that he wasn’t a criminal.


Harrison Bergeron

By Kurt Vonnegut

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Throughout Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, Harrison Bergeron, a recurring depiction of the abuse of power arises, whereby the leader of Vonnegut’s society, Diana Moon Glampers, abuses her superior power by forcing society into a state of submission, whereby she handicaps the sophisticated members of society in order to make everyone appear equal. In this way, Juvenalian satire plays on the fear and criticism of an equal society, whereby every person is made to have the same amount of intelligence, beauty, and grace.

Vonnegut’s story plays with the idea of an egalitarian society – a place where everyone is made to be equal. Through the use of juvenalian satire, Vonnegut demonstrates the follies and short fallings of such a society,  as well as demonstrates the inability to truly create such a community, as Glampers serves to illustrate that there cannot be equality amongst everyone in order for such an idea to work. As such, Vonnegut criticizes the idea of an egalitarian society, through the use of characters such as Bergeron and George, where he shows the restriction of liberties and independence through the use of physical handicaps such as weights.