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Keillor's Prodigal Son

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Keillor's "Prodigal Son"

Keillor's "Prodigy Son" is a parody of the original, "The Parable of a Prodigy Son". When making the parody, Keillor had to change certain characteristics in order to make it humorous. Some of these characteristics were the setting, characters and the tone. In changing these, Keillor had to be respectful and keep the same theme in the parody as the original parable because he didn't want to offend the fans of the original parable. Keillor turns the famous parable, "The Parable of a Prodigy Son" into a parody, or comedy. The original parable is from The Bible the tone it contains is more on the lines of a religious tone. In Keillor's parody, he removes most of the religious vibe. However, he does add to his parody the wise and foolish virgins, which are from The Bible. The grammar in the parable is ancient compared to the grammar in the parody (232). In changing the grammar, he also makes the story more current and more realistic. Keillor also makes it easier for the reader to read and understand the story because the language is more modern and also the way Keillor dialogues the plot makes the story much easier to comprehend. The parody includes dialogue, which the parable lacks. With dialogue, the story becomes more interesting and more real. Also, the reader can get a feel for the characters better with dialogue (Kennedy and Gioia 1362-1366). Keillor turns the famous parable into a more current parody. The second element Keillor had to work with was the characters. In both stories, the Dad is really naive and foolish towards the younger son's behavior. The dad defends the son by saying that he's lost and when he ends up coming back that he's found. The dad also doesn't worry about the farm or the w...

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...own way, as well as in a respectable manner. Keillor's parody of the original parable is a very good edition. Not only does it have the same theme, but it brings the story to a whole new level and the details make it very interesting. When transforming the parody, Keillor had to take many different aspects of the parable and the parody into consideration and make the appropriate changes. I think Keillor did a very good job on his parody and would recommend the reading of his piece as well as the original parable to anyone.

Works Cited

Kennedy, X. J., Dana Gioia. "The Parable of the Prodigal Son".

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Joseph Terry. New York: Longman, 2002. 232-233 Kennedy, X. J., Dana Gioia.

"Prodigal Son". Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Joseph Terry. New York: Longman, 2002. 1361-1366
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