Satire is a genre of writing which principally ridicules its subject (individuals, organisations, states) as an intended means of provoking change.
Some examples of satire are:
- Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
- Candide by Voltaire
- Erewhon by Samuel Butler 2
- Penguin Island by Anatole France
- most of the works of Mark Twain
- C. Northcote Parkinson was a British 20th century writer of satire.
- H.L. Mencken's political cartoons against Boss Tweed
- The Monty Python opus
- Private Eye magazine
- The Onion's "reporting"