• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In what way is American TV culture satirised in The Simpsons TV Violence?

Extracts from this document...


In what way is American TV culture satirised in The Simpsons TV Violence? Satire is an extensive form of mockery. The Simpsons uses exaggeration and comedy to mock the TV culture of America. In America, at the moment most children tend to go home from school and spend the rest of the night watching TV. This episode is trying to show that TV is killing children's imagination and influencing them negatively. When the children stop liking the cartoons they start going out and playing traditional games like hopscotch, marbles and fishing. In this episode Maggie is influenced negatively by the Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, Marge realises and starts protesting to get them banned. The children then find the new style of the cartoons boring and they go out to play rubbing their eyes, as they are not use to playing outside. The producers use parody, as a form of satire by copying the Psycho scene when Janet Leigh is killed. In the episode, Maggie is watching violent cartoons that influence her. The cartoon shows a mouse and a cat that are endlessly beating each other up. The opening song is catchy, "We fight, we bite, we fight, we bite, we fight". ...read more.


These techniques combine to make the scene recognisable and easy to relate to. Although it does this, it manages to put its point across in a humorous way. This means that if you were just watching you probably wouldn't think about the meaning behind it, as you know what kind of programme The Simpsons is so would just laugh which is the designed effect. In the second episode of Itchy and Scratchy, the cat and mouse are still trying to beat each other up and so are still influencing in a negative way. Itchy is trying to stab Scratchy and kill him. Immediately afterwards Maggie picks up a pencil and walks over to Homer, Marge spots this and stops her. She looks over at the TV and realises that the cartoon is what is influencing her and wants to do something about it. Marge writes a letter to the producers of Itchy and Scratchy telling them she wants the cartoons changed. In return she receives a letter calling her a "screwball" and that "one person cannot make a difference". This is ironic as America is meant to be a democracy where everyone has freedom of speech and expression. She starts protesting and is invited onto a chat show. ...read more.


At the end of the episode Marge lost the argument and the TV went back to having lots of violence. This was because the people did not understand how she could be "for one form of expression, but not for another". She didn't feel that anything was wrong with Michel Anglos David, where as the other women in the town felt nudity was evil. The cartoons went back to being more violent than ever and all the children went back inside leaving the playground empty and the music becomes slower and less cheerful. Maggie was again influenced by the cartoons and picked up a toy gun and shoot it at a picture of Homer. In conclusion The Simpsons uses many ways to satirise the TV culture. They use music, parody, and exaggeration. They try to do it in a comic way and get their point across well. It could be argued that the September 11th attack could also have been caused by violence on TV. It may be that the attackers would never have got the ideas if it wasn't for films such as Independence Day. Although The Simpsons is only a cartoon it highlights the influence TV has on the actions of people ?? ?? ?? ?? Katie Finn 10F ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Music section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Music essays

  1. The Lion King - Media techniques such as camera angles, music and lighting are ...

    his vision back, the noise of lions roaring and snarling bellow out along with an increase in tempo. The music is fast and furious helping with the fighting scene. The two tussle ahead of a red background littered with flying sparks.

  2. Definition of plagiarism/cheating - Britney and Beethoven.

    Whether or not mankind is benefits or suffers is dependent upon the people with the knowledge, and people with power over them. Explosives were originally used for entertainment by the Chinese as fireworks. European nations tend to be more aggressive militarily, such as in colonizing large parts of the globe with force.

  1. The Arctic Monkeys album Whatever People Say I Am Thats What Im Not and ...

    Many bands also publish their tour dates on My Space. My Space has generally appealed to a mass, younger audience from around 13-30 of both sexes, this is typically as a lot of the music promoted by My Space is new and there are fewer My Spaces for some of

  2. Review of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

    Marion falls out of the bath tub and the shot shown of her falling out is high angle view. This is to get the whole view of the bathtub and of Marion. The camera then zooms onto the plughole of the bathtub and the effect of fading is used to move onto the next frame.

  1. Account for some of the ways in which Bollywood popular culture has been used ...

    For western audiences the attraction of Hindi cinema is undoubtedly the lavish combination of so many different elements often lacking in modern western cinema, executed with energy, vitality, joy, and infinite inventiveness.

  2. Alfred Hitchcock has been called 'the Master of Suspense', considering 'psycho' state how effectively ...

    because of the light bulb swaying. The audience feels calm at this point as the light bulb swaying slowly and quietly gives the impression that the drama is over. When Marion is driving away from Phoenix with the stolen money, the audience hear the voices in Marion head.

  1. How does Hitchcock create and maintain suspense in "Psycho"?

    Marion then starts writing a letter and getting herself ready to get in the shower. Before she does this, she tears up the calculations of the stolen money and flushes it down the toilet, which was the first film ever to have shown this.

  2. Describe Popular Culture at the beginning of the 1960's?

    least appear so, but the early 60's was the beginnings of a more permissive society. Britain still had a class society but the 60's influenced the beginning of change. The early 1960's symbolised the start of a period of great change throughout Britain mainly in the music and teenagers.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work