In chapter 9, what does "parody" mean in the statement on page 146, "The tangles of lines showed him the mechanics of this parody"

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"The tangle of lines showed him the mechanics of this parody; he examined the white nasal bones, the teeth, the colors of corruption" (146). 

In this scene, Golding's useage of the word 'parody' suggests something that imitates or mocks.  The tangled-up form of the parachuter seems to mimic real life in the way that the ropes and lines cause the figure to bend and move like a real creature.  The word 'parody' is appropriate in this sense, because the connotation of the word suggests the idea of something that is less than the original, with the intent to mock or discredit.  The boys, upon seeing the silhouette of the parachute and man bend and move in the breeze,  immediately assume that it must be some horrible form of monster; the truth, that the figure is a long-dead man, mocks their original fears. 


jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this excerpt, Simon comes upon the body of a dead and decomposing pilot wrapped in a parachute. The wind is whipping the parachute and its lines into something that looks, in the boys' fevered emotion, like the deadly beast they fear.

The word "parody" means something that imitates something or someone. The body has become a parody of a beast through its connection to lines and to the parachute, which make it seem larger and more frightening than it is. While the body imitates or parodies a larger creature, it is, in reality, just a harmless and lifeless body that is moved not by its own mechanisms but by the wind. The dead pilot's body has taunted the boys because they fear evil, but, in reality, this evil lurks within themselves. The dead body is also a reminder of the war going on around the boys in the larger world. 

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