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Merriam-Webster defines parody as "a humorous or satirical imitation" (536). J. Paul Hunter defines parody as "a work that imitates another work for comic effect by exaggerating the style and changing the content of the original" (A52). One example of a parody is the movie, Austin Powers: Man of Mystery". It parodies the original James Bond movies from the mid to late 1900's. Another example is the movie Spaceballs. That movie pokes fun at the Star Wars trilogy from the 1970's. Robert Harris states that a parody is a "satirical imitation of a work or of an author with the idea of ridiculing the author. A parodist exploits the peculiarities of an author's expression" (virtual salt, A Glossary of Literary Terms).

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Works Cited

  • Merriam-Webster. "The Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Massachusets:Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1997.
  • Hunter, J. Paul. "The Norton INtroduction to Poetry". 7th edition. New York:W. W. Norton & Company, 1999.
  • Harris, Robert. "A Glossary of Literary Terms" Virtualsalt. 2002. <>