Satire In How To Poison The Earth

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“How to poison the earth” by Linnea Saukko can be seen in two different aspects. The first one would be by looking at it in a literal way, in which it will make it a very harsh, inhumane and cold text. On the other hand, it could be seen as a satire, sarcastic and ironic text in which Saukko expects to catch the reader’s attention. Saukko exaggerates the sarcasm, and satire in her writing in order to make the readers realize and understand the main purpose of her essay, which is to warn readers about threats to the future of our planet.

Scientific terms are used frequently through out the text, but are followed by explanations in a coherent way, hence it makes it clearer and more understandable to the reader. For example, she is writing about substances and their characteristics, one of them is an unusual term called “half-life”, followed by an explanation in a parenthesis with a clearer explanation of the term. That way, it can be understood by the general public. The writing is straight forward and it’s absent of metaphors and similes. It is more an informative reading rather than descriptive, therefore it is lacking details and adjectives.

Saukko starts by pointing out sarcastically how difficult polluting the earth can be. Afterwards, she starts listing efficient methods on contaminating the world, such as “generating as much waste as possible from substances” (Saukko, 246), or building more nuclear plants. At the beginning, it might be shocking to the reader the approach she is taking to make her point. In other words, the readers might not understand why she has such a negative attitude and hatred against the world. The manipulation, exaggeration, and the word choice she uses make the reader realize the fact that Saukko is actually against polluting the Earth.
Saukko gives numerous examples and statistics on how the United States is polluting the world. Ironically, she mentions several strategic points that will help pollute the world, such as dumps, landfills, rivers, lagoons, lakes, and oceans. In addition, she suggests that polluting the air is essential in this process and the best way to do so is through combustion and evaporation. She sarcastically reminds us that we have to continuously pollute, otherwise, the wind and rain will cleanse the earth. By polluting the air, acid rain will be formed and affect also the animals on the lakes. She also argues ironically that contaminating rivers is a hard task because they act as a cleansing...

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