Penguin in the Park: Short Example of Spoof Text

Do you know why this story about penguin in the park is labeled as spoof text? If you have not known, let's find the reason. According to the definition of spoof text stated previously, all spoof story must be twisting. It means there is an unpredictable thing in the end of the story. See the following short sample!

A Story of Penguin in the Park
Once a man was walking in a park when he across a penguin. He took it to a policeman and said; "What should I do?" The policeman replied; "Take it to the zoo!".

The next day, the policeman saw the man in the same park. The man was still carrying the penguin. The policeman was rather surprised and walked up to the man and asked; "Why are you still carrying the penguin? Didn't you take it to the zoo?" The man replied; "I certainly did. And it was a great idea because the penguin really enjoyed it. So, today I am taking it to the movie".

Analyzing the Generic Structure of Spoof Text
1. Orientation;introducing participants: "He" and Penguin. They were in the park
2. Event1; The man tended to take the penguin to the park
3. Event; The following day, the man were still carrying the penguin
4. Twist; Even, finally the man would take the penguin to the movies

Well, you see why that story is classified as spoof text. There is a misunderstanding between the man and policeman relating to save the penguin. It is called twist. To complete our study, see the featuring language below!

Language Feature Analysis
1. Focusing on certain certain participants; He, penguin, policeman
2. Using action verb; carry, walk up
3. Using adverb of time and place; once, in the park
4. Told in chronological order; chronological order by days, the next day

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