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 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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"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. 

 

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