Parody Is The Greatest Compliment To The Original Discuss In Relation To The Mouse Trap By Agatha Christie And The Real Inspector Hound By Tom Stoppard

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"Parody is the greatest compliment to the original"By definition, parody is a comic imitation of a piece of writing. The essence of parody is the treatment of a light theme in the style appropriate to a serious workIn parody, the theme and the characters are greatly modified or completely changed, but the style of the original is closely followed in those peculiarities that easily lend themselves to ridicule. There can be no doubt that "The Real Inspector Hound" is a parody of Agatha Christies play "The Mouse Trap". The characters, setting and to some extent the plot of the earlier work are mirrored in this theatrical spoof. Stoppard is able to encapsulate the main fundamentals associated with crime fiction by humorously mimicking Agatha Christie's arguably most successful work.The crime fiction genre is usually set out with a professional detective who follows the clues to solve a mystery, usually a most puzzling murder. Crime fiction has enjoyed longevity because of its formula, which traditionally includes the following: In the classic crime fiction the detective relies on his witty observations and deductions to track down the arch-villain. He then separates the clues and the red- herrings along the way. The final scene is usually where the real suspect is revealed and the pieces of the puzzle sewn together with a serious of explanations that define what would seem impossible. Justice is always seen to be done."The Real Inspector Hound" by Tom Stoppard satirises many conventions of crime fiction and in particular, Agatha Christie's " The Mouse Trap", famous among British drawing room mysteries. "The Mouse Trap" by Christie is the longest continuously running play in history. It opened at the Ambassador Theatre London on November 25th 1952 and can seen be seen in England today. It has been said that the popularity of "The Mouse Trap" is perhaps not the brilliance of the script, its cast or directors over the years but because it was written by Agatha Christie. Therefore, because of it's universal popularity and familiarity Stoppard chose this play."The Mouse Trap" has a compelling plot, which centres on a snowbound inn whose guests are terrorised by a murderer bent upon revenge. Christie has superably constructed the mystery which is irresistibly suspenseful from the first moment. "The Mouse Trap" is notable for its detailed social observation of middle class life.The story is carefully rooted in a particular place and time- virtually every detail of the plot and setting occurs against a background of the impact of World War 11 on English domestic and civilian life. The play is realistic in many ways. One of the characters Christopher Wren is a poor young man who faces prejudice and rejection from British society. Interestingly, Wren is portrayed by Christie as much more middle class than many of her usual suspects.The biggest mystery in this story is not the whodunit but what the characters are really like. Christie keeps us in suspense as...

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