Allusion and Parody

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Allusion and Parody
Bringing in some “outside
help” to form figurative
connections
Allusion
• When a text makes a reference to or
mentions another work within its
body
• Example: In The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
alludes to the southern gentlemen in
Gone with the Wind to explain how
Johnny views Dally
• Also in The Outsiders, Hinton references
the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” to
explain how Ponyboy must re-examine
his life after the death of his friends
Listen to this!
• Listen to “Goodbye Alice in
Wonderland” by Jewel
• What allusions does she make to
other works of literature?
• How do these allusions enhance
her point?
• What, exactly, is Jewel trying to
say “goodbye” to?
Parody
• A humorous or satirical reference to
another work; a “joke” or funny re-creation
of the original
• Example: The song “Ridin’ Dirty” by
Chamillionaire was changed into the song “White
and Nerdy” by Weird Al Yankovic
• Satire: the use of humor, irony, or
exaggeration to criticize or make fun of
something
Watch this!
• Here are a couple of examples of
PARODY songs:
• “Bad” by Michael Jackson >> “Fat”
by Weird Al
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oQBBLT9E4
• “I’m Elmo and I Know It”
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWF8
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