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dc.contributor.author Hamukwaya, Linea A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-18T11:37:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-18T11:37:21Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1925
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in English Studies en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis was an analysis of satire as a tool for socio-political commentary in The Rambler’s articles. The study analysed the strategies that The Rambler used in 40 articles that were published in 2015 in The Namibian newspaper. In addition, the study sought to analyse how these strategies were employed in The Rambler’s satire to foreground socio-political issues. The study was qualitative because the process of data analysis involved organising raw data (articles) for classification according to the elements on satire, which were ambiguity, humour, sarcasm and irony, parody, and other figures of speech. The qualitative research approach was appropriate because it allowed for an in-depth analysis of the strategies and elements of satire. The non-probability sampling technique was used to purposively select 40 out of 51 articles for analysis. Textual analysis was an applicable method of analysis. The study revealed that all the elements of satire: ambiguity, humour, sarcasm and irony, and parody were employed in the 40 articles. Additionally, figures of speech under the categories comparisons, sound devices, contradictions, and exaggeration and understatement are employed to achieve figurative language. The study found that ambiguity in The Rambler’s satire is achieved through titles, indirect statements, by the employment of rhetorical questions, through colloquialisms, slang and jargon, and by code-switching or code-mixing from English into, mainly, Afrikaans and other vernaculars, particularly Oshiwambo, Otjiherero or Khoekhoegowab. In addition to the findings, humour functions as a medium to foreground socio-political messages by entertaining, yet educating the audience. The study revealed that The Rambler’s satirical humour is achieved through deliberate slips of the pen, which emanate from intentional humour, and they are a reflection of an ingenuity of clever word play for an intended humorous effect. However, humorous statements that may be ambiguous may hinder the audience from appreciating the humour expressed, due to the inability to interpret the socio-political messages. The study also reveals that sarcasm and irony are a reflection of The Rambler’s wit, which portrays how incongruity is niftily expressed in his satire. The Rambler’s sarcastic and ironic content is determined by the context in which it appears; hence, in order for the audience to comprehend the statements, the audience is required to rely on contextual cues. The Rambler’s sarcasm may be indirectly or directly expressed, and when sarcastic statements are directly stated, what is implied is palpable. Indirect statements are effective for sarcastic irony to foreground socio-political messages through deviation, whereas parallelism is achieved through direct sarcastic statements. The study found that insults or profanity is The Rambler’s strategy to achieve parody in order to express disapproval. In addition to imitation and misinterpretation, the employment of spiteful comments and vulgar expressions to achieve parody is the most direct form of satire. The study concluded that the effective use of the elements or strategies of satire relies solemnly on the employment of figures of speech. Figures of speech are figurative language that plays a significant role in foregrounding stylistic functions in The Rambler’s articles, which is a comprehensive description and interpretation of his idiolect. Lastly, the study concluded that the elements of satire define The Rambler’s strategies of satire, and they reflect his style of expressing himself as an ingenious writer. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Satire en_US
dc.subject socio-political commentary en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Satire
dc.subject.lcsh Newspapers, Language
dc.title Satire as a tool for socio-political commentary: a case study of the Rambler's selected articles in the Namibian newspaper, 2015 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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