Ideas for a parody of Romeo and Juliet? I'm writing a parody of Romeo and Juliet for my English class and I need ideas. Also could you give me a little head start as to how to go about it. Thanks!

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Parody, if you have read any, is almost like slapstick comedy: ridiculous characters and foolishness.  So, take the characters and exaggerate their failings even further.  For instance, the Nurse, who is already foolish, exemplifies the parodic already as she rushes around, speaks nonsensically, and advises irrationally.

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Parody, if you have read any, is almost like slapstick comedy: ridiculous characters and foolishness.  So, take the characters and exaggerate their failings even further.  For instance, the Nurse, who is already foolish, exemplifies the parodic already as she rushes around, speaks nonsensically, and advises irrationally.

With the play's time frame of only 3 days and the impetuousness of the characters, you could fast forward some of the action even more for an effect of parody.  Friar Laurence could also rush around in a maelstrom of indecision.

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The function of parody is to expose the flaws or demystify the falsely exalted rhetoric of the original, by making humorous or ridiculous the assumptions of the original.  In Romeo and Juliet, these would be The sudden and improbable romantic attraction of the lovers, the huffy, self-importance of the heads of the houeholds, the improbable and exaggerated coincidence of the false death, etc.  Look for modern parallels to expose the romantic, overdramatized situation.  Draw from you potential audience's shared experiences (the Werewolf or Vampire community, as suggested above, or Harry Potter?) and place the character in parallel situations to show the preposterous underbelly of the original. Add small details that indicate a close reading of the original; for example, replace the vial of sleeping potion with Zanax or some other modern prescription.  Another example: the Nurse could be a drug dealer.

Keywords:  expose, deromanticize,question all assumptions.  

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