Example of Spoof Text: A Skilled Carpenter
FreeEnglishCourse.Info – This example of spoof text is one of my best favorite story as it has a shocking unpredictable twist in the end. Besides of its funny sense, it also be a moral lesson for the readers. And remember that the power of spoof story is its twisting plot which reader had never thought before. For more detail about this interesting story, you can read my post about what spoof text is and here is a very short account of it. A spoof text should behave as a narrative in the role of retelling a story but spoof must be twisting while a narrative is a problem solved story.
When reading a story and we are sometimes confused whether it is a spoof or a narrative text. Actually we can see it easily by how the writer arrange the text. If it consists of Orientation, complication, and resolution, the story should be a narrative text. On the other hand, if the text is structure with Orientation, series of events, and twist, it must be included in collection of spoof text. Now, let’s see the following example of spoof text
Spoof Text With Its Generic Structure
A Skilled Carpenter – Spoof Text
A highly skilled carpenter who had grown old was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire.
The employer was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter agreed to this proposal but made sure that this will be his last project. Being in a mood to retire, the carpenter was not paying much attention to building this house. His heart was not in his work. He resorted to poor workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.
When the job was done, the carpenter called his employer and showed him the house. The employer handed over some papers and the front door key to the carpenter and said “This is your house, my gift to you.”
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Note on the Generic Structure
Again let me remind you that a spoof should have a twisting funny thing in the end of the story. Below is the detail:
1. Orientation: It is clearly stated that the participants is the carpenter and the his employer
2. Series of events: After stating who involved in the story, things to know are what happen to them. In the story of A Skilled Carpenter, the events ca be summarized as planning to retire, being asked to build a house again, accepting to build the house, and doing the project carelessly.
3. Twist: This is the power of the story, the unpredictable event in the end of the story. In this story, the house which was built carelessly is the employer’s gift to him.