- REBEL by (D.J. ENRIGHT)
- Q1:- Discuss the elements of humor and satire in the poem. Do you think the poet is stirring the rebels or the ridiculous trivial behavior of the so-called normal people?
Ans:-The poet has drawn a humorous portrait of a rebel. It is meant to be funny, amusing and comical. The rebel is merely a social oddity and poses no serious threat to society. He is not fighting against or refusing to serve the established government. He is not resisting authority or control. The rebel is merely trying to be different in some minor ways from the general current of the time.”Elements of Humor and Satire in Rebel” is very much. He just wants to be different from the crowd. It is his own way individualistic way of appealing to society to grant him recognition. He is perhaps passing through a period of transition of adolescence when he is self-conscious and is worried about other people’s opinions of reactions.
The poet has expressed his view point that the pseudo-rebel does no doubt behave in an odd, complex and contradictory manner but he does so simply for his self-assertion and self-exhibition as he is neither vicious nor dangerous. He simply wants to be prominent among other people through his odd and contradictory behavior and conduct.
The poet perhaps has all these factors in mind when he takes a light hearted and hilarious view of the rebel. The humor result from the manner in which he arranges the pairs of opposites; short hair\long hair; sun\rain; fantastic\sober; dogs\cats.
Elements of Humor and Satire in Rebel:-
It would not be correct to say that the poet is satirizing the rebels. He is more inclined to make fun of the trivial behavior of the so called normal people. The rebel is neither a revolutionary nor a militant that the poet should be censorious in his case. It can therefore, be safely said that picture drawn by the poet is a humorous rather than a satirical one.