Penguin in the Park: Spoof Text Example
FreeEnglishCourse.Info is now learning a spoof text example. Although it is very short spoof, it keeps providing the generic structure. By knowing the generic structure of any text type, we feel sure that yes, it is a spoof text. What does spoof text mean? It is not like spoof to tricky your friend but it is a kind of text or genre.
Spoof text in English genres means a text constructed with unpredictable ending of the story. That is what we call twist which make the text seems to have funny sense. To make clear, let’s see the following sample
Spoof Text Example – Penguin in the Park
Once a man was walking in a park when he across a penguin. He took it to a policeman and said; “What should I do?” The policeman replied; “Take it to the zoo!”.
The next day, the policeman saw the man in the same park. The man was still carrying the penguin. The policeman was rather surprised and walked up to the man and asked; “Why are you still carrying the penguin? Didn’t you take it to the zoo?” The man replied; “I certainly did. And it was a great idea because the penguin really enjoyed it. So, today I am taking it to the movie”.
Generic Structure Analysis – Penguin in the Park
* Orientation: Introducing participants: “He” and Penguin. They were in the park
* Event 1: The man tended to take the penguin to the park
* Event 2; The following day, the man were still carrying the penguin
* Twist: Even, finally the man would take the penguin to the movies
Language Feature Analysis – Penguin in the Park
* Focusing on certain certain participants; He, penguin, policeman
* Using action verb; carry, walk up
* Using adverb of time and place; once, in the park
* Told in chronological order; chronological order by days, the next day
Well, what makes that short story about panda funny? Can you guess it. If you find it, you have understand spoof text well. But if you can not, please read my other collection of funny spoof story. Happy learning.