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Beer and Brandy

Parody is defined as "a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule". The elements of parody are apparent throughout many of the episodes of The Simpson's. The episode that I thought showed the best elements of parody, when contrasted to a movie is the episode called, "Bart of Darkness" whichparodies the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rear Window. The similarities I will examine are the setting, and the similarities of the female characters. I believe that though seen by many as a low humor cartoon, The Simpson's incorporates many aspects of high humor as well. This is achieved through the parodying of a classic film such as Rear Window.
As the movie Rear Window begins it shows the thermostat, to give the impression that it is a incredibly hot summer day. Because of the heat, most of the people keep their windows and blinds up to help manage the hot temperatures, and this leaves everyone's personal lives open for any voyeur to intrude upon. With nothing better to do within the small confinements of his one room apartment than sit around with a broken leg, Mr. Jefferies sits at his window and becomes familiar with his neighbors daily routines, and activities. The setting in The Simpson's episode is set up in a similar, but more humorous way. In the "Simpson's" episode the heat is established be scenes such as Homer in the kitchen with a tent built around the refrigerator to make a cooler area for him and Bart. Nonetheless it is depicted as an incredibly hot day. It is because of the heat, that the Simpson's get a pool, and the pool is responsible for Bart's broken leg. After Bart breaks his leg, he is confined to a very small room, with nothing to do, but be nosey. Bart looks at everyone outside, from his window, in the very same manner that Mr. Jefferies does in his apartment. Bart, like Mr. Jefferies,…

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