Monty Python & the Holy Grail: An Arthurian Parody
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by Eric Bryan
| 4 Questions
Directions: Answer the following questions pertaining to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Parody:
  • a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing
  • to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire.
  • to imitate poorly or feebly; travesty.
  • Satire:
  • the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
  • Understatement:
  • the act or an instance of understating, or representing in a weak or restrained way that is not borne out by the facts: The journalist wrote that the earthquake had caused some damage. This turned out to be a massive understatement of the devastation.
  • Overstatement:
  • to state too strongly; exaggerate: to overstate one's position in a controversy.
1
10 pts
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a parody of the Arthurian Legends. By writing a paragraph below, please explain how the film is a parody of the Arthurian Legends we have been studying.

2
5 pts
Briefly explain/describe an example of one understatement from the film.
3
5 pts
Briefly explain/describe an example of one overstatement from the film.
4
5 pts
Briefly explain/describe an example of one anachronism used in the film.
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