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SATIRE AS A TOOL FOR SOCIO-POLITICAL COMMENTARY: A CASE OF THE RAMBLER’S SELECTED ARTICLES IN THE NAMIBIAN NEWSPAPER, 2015

 

LINEA HAMUKWAYA[1]

(ST PAULS’ COLLEGE, WINDHOEK)

JAIROS KANGIRA[2] (UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA)

 

Abstract

This paper is a result of the analysis of strategies of The Rambler’s satire in 40 of his articles that were published in The Namibian newspaper in 2015. We extracted 51 articles from The Namibian website, and analysed them qualitatively. The qualitative research approach was appropriate because it allowed us to make an in-depth analysis of the strategies and elements of satire contained in the articles. We used the non-probability sampling technique to purposively select 40 out of 51 articles for analysis. Textual analysis was an applicable method of analysis because a ‘text’ is said to have post-structuralist implications for thinking about the production of meaning, and this study was centred on the post-structuralism theory, so the post-structuralist approach was the mode of analysis. When textual analysis is performed on a text, an educated guess at some of the most likely interpretations of the text is made. The analysis of the strategies of The Rambler’s satire was based on the following themes of analysis: ambiguity, humour, sarcasm and irony, and parody. Additionally, figures of speech were the emerging themes that were found to be employed in The Rambler’s satire. The figures of speech were classified in categories, namely: comparisons, sound devices, contradictions, and exaggeration and understatement. We found that figures of speech play a significant role in foregrounding stylistic functions in The Rambler’s articles; they are comprehensive descriptions and interpretation of his idiolect. The study concluded that the effective use of the elements or strategies of satire relies sole on the employment of figures of speech. 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 and creative writer.

[1] Linea Hamukwaya is an English specialist teaching at St Paul’s College in Windhoek, Namibia. She holds a Master of Arts in English Studies degree obtained at the University of Namibia.

[2] Jairos Kangira is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Namibia. He hold a PhD in Rhetoric Studies from the University of Cape Town.

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