Defining Satire

Try Setting a Good Example


For the Gist, read and annotate a satire from an ancient Roman writer, Juvenal: Satire XIV, “Try Setting a Good Example,” lines 1–58.

Answer these questions about the text.

  • What exactly is Juvenal criticizing?
  • Are there any lines that summarize his point?
  • What specific examples does he give to prove his point?

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