Toward the end of Animal’s People, Zafar tells Animal, “You have understood something worthwhile, my friend, in the end the only way to deal with tragedy is to laugh at

Toward the end of Animal’s People, Zafar tells Animal, “You have understood something worthwhile, my friend, in the end the only way to deal with tragedy is to laugh at it.” How might Sinha’s entire novel be seen as an embodiment of this insight? Citing specific incidents and scenes, evaluate the extent to which Animal’s People can be viewed as a satirical novel, one that defies the moral obscenity of situations such as Khaufpur and Bhopal with its own insistent mockery, vulgarity, and wit. Your essays should evaluate the strengths of satire as a form of social and political critique, as well as its weaknesses and limitations. Make sure your essay draws on formal definitions of satire (here and here, for example), as well as relevant examples of satire, such Sinha’s more recent articles in Animal’s voice and The Yes Men’s prank impersonating a Dow Chemical executive.

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