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1. One of the types of humor editorial cartoonists use is irony. Irony is defined as when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs. Describe the irony in Stephan Pastis’ cartoon.

2. Editorial cartoonists often uses humor to point out the absurd or ridiculous. What point do you think Pastis is making?

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Cartoon by Stephan Pastis


1. When Rat brings Offended Guy to the middle of the forest and points out how unjustified his taking offense at everything is, you expect the guy to come to his senses and realize his behavior is ridiculous. Instead, he chooses to be offended by Rat pointing it out.

2. People need to stop taking offense at every little thing; being perpetually offended is ridiculous and wrong.