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Comedy Gold: How Humour is Used as Social Criticism in Terry Pratchett’s Making Money
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Komik Värd Sin Vikt i Guld : Hur Humor Används Som Samhällskritik i Terry Pratchetts Making Money (Swedish)
Abstract [en]


Pratchett‟s absence from being mentioned in the same breath as great satirists such as

Swift, Chaucer or Dryden to mention a few, could be because Pratchett‟s choice of genre is

fantasy which is, by many, considered a „lesser‟ genre. One can wonder though in what ways

the imagined nations and peoples of the Discworld series differ from some of the encounters

made by Gulliver in Swift‟s Gulliver’s Travels. This could indicate that the genre is not

necessarily the reason why Pratchett‟s work is not considered classic satire, but rather the fact

that he is still too contemporary.

My intention with this essay is to argue that Pratchett is a satirist, particularly in the way

he uses a select few kinds of satire to craft social commentary that is relevant to not only the

worlds he creates, but ours as well. However, it is also my view that Pratchett‟s one major

downfall is that the humor he uses to make social commentary can also be so heavy-handed

that the reader, at times, misses the point entirely as well as the fact that his writing is clearly

coloured by an agenda that makes him rather biased. While most of Pratchett‟s satire is easy

to understand at first glance for most readers, some of it is not and requires that the reader

share some of the same political and social views as the author.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 19 p.
Keyword [en]
Satire, Pratchett, Making Money, Social Criticism
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34792OAI: diva2:771761
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
Available from: 2015-01-14 Created: 2014-12-15 Last updated: 2015-01-14Bibliographically approved

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