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Individual Research Task - 'The Simpsons'.

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Yr 10 - Satire Task 2 Individual Research Task This episode of 'The Simpsons', 'The Fat and the Furriest' was about Homer and a giant Grizzly bear. When Homer is caught on tape running away from a large bear at the town dump, he becomes the laughingstock of Springfield. Determined to win his dignity back, Homer devises a bear-proof suit that will protect him once he returns to the wild to hunt down the bear. When he confronts the beast, he realizes the bear is only upset because he's been tagged with a painful tracking device. Homer reverses course and helps bring the bear to safety. 'The Fat and the Furriest' satirises many different issues about social, political and cultural things. In the beginning after the theme song they show the family getting onto and sitting on the couch. There are hundreds of different ways that the characters manage to do this. In this particular episode, they show Homer walking down a hallway by himself, through many, high security metal doors with a telephone booth at the end, which then drops him onto the couch with the rest of the family. This is the same beginning (with theme song) ...read more.

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No one wants to look like they aren't 'in with the times', they care a lot about their image and how society sees them. There are many satirical techniques that are used to make fun of these issues and satirise them. One of the most frequent satirical techniques used throughout this episode and most Simpsons episodes is Irony. An example of this is when Homer is trying to get the hunter off their track by chucking away the tracking device that he is following: Homer: The hunter has become the hunter. He must be following this thing (tracking device). Well I'm gonna make sure it never harms another living creature! (throws tracking device is pond, fish and diver surface after dying from electrical charges put out by tracking device) This is a form of irony because Homer throws the tracking device into the pond because he didn't want it to hurt another living thing anymore. But instead he killed every fish in that pond as well as a diver who was exploring the pond. Another satirical technique used in this episode is a parody. This was when Homer had created a huge 85 pound ball of deep fried fairy floss and caramel. ...read more.

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But in other episodes of the show, political and cultural contexts are both satirised. For example, when President George Bush moves in next door to the Simpsons, or the many times where Mayor Quimby does things wrong. Examples of cultural context is the episode where Apu talks about how he came to America and the episode where Springfield has a referendum, 'Preposition 24' about whether refugees should be allowed to stay in Springfield. There are many other episodes and scenes where the show satirises social, political or cultural context. The effectiveness of all this satirising must be great because 'The Simpsons' is aired in many countries and languages throughout the world. It has being running on TV for around 15 years and has created 15 seasons and there are still many more episodes still to come in the future. I think that 'The Simpsons' is a great TV show that satirises many things to do with social, political and cultural contexts. The many techniques and characters used to make fun of this issue make the show a great laugh and very fun to watch. This very episode, 'The Fat and the Furriest' was one of the funniest yet, and featured some very good laughs o get your attention. I'm sure that for years to come, 'The Simpsons' will continue to amaze us and make us all laugh. ...read more.

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