I need to write a parody for the odyssey but I dont even know where to start and the project is due tomorrow. I could really use some help if anyone has any helpful ideas! THANK YOU!
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I hope you get this in time, but it's going to take longer to do this than you think. Using the overall summary of the epic, get an idea of what aspect of Odysseus' journey you want to make fun of. I would suggest using a frightening scene such as Scylla or Circe or the cattle of Helios and turning that into something funny.
You can also use a movie like Scary Movie to help you get ideas. Instead of Circe turning men into animals, she could turn them all into gorgeous looking men--since she uses them all anyway. If you use Scylla's scene, you could have Odysseus chop of her heads or ride them like horses, or something silly like that--because he can't defeat Scylla, but he will survive by himself. For the cattle you could do something with them fighting back instead of letting his men slaughter them. The ideas are endless--just make sure you are making fun of the original--that is what a parody does.
For me, the Odyssey is almost like a parody of itself. The stuff that happens to Odysseus is so out there -- just one weird thing after another. That's the aspect of it that I would try to parody -- I would try to come up with things even more outrageous than the stuff that happens to him. Like he could get abducted by aliens. Or he could be cursed and catch some terrible disease.
Or maybe you could go the other way and have the "bad" stuff be really weenie bad things. Like the Scylla and Charybdis could be a bunny and a hamster that would look at him funny -- you know -- build these things up to be really frightening, have him be terrified of them (or have them think they're really scary) but then have them really be nothing. (Sort of like in the Monty Python Spanish Inquistion sketch where they have the soft pillows and stuff...)
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