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A parody is a piece of literature written to imitate another work for comedic and sometimes, satirical purposes. In this play, Shakespeare parodies Senecan tragedy with the play-within-a-play Pyramus and Thisby. Characteristics of this tragedy style are melodrama and cliches for expressing grief, such as, addressing Fate or someone or something non-human.

Which lines would be an example of some of Shakespeare's use of parody?


“This is old Ninny's tomb. / Where is my love?”


“The actors are at hand; and, by their show, / You shall know all, that you are like to know.”


“You, ladies, you, whose gentle hearts do fear / The smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor,”


“All that I have to say is to tell you that the lanthorn is the moon, / I the man i' th'moon, this thorn bush my torn-bush, and this dog my dog.”


“O grim-look'd night! / O night with hue so black! / O night, which ever art when day is not! / O night, O night! / Alack, alack, alack…”

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