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Heather Williams 17277041 ENG4UC November 15, 2018 Lesson 14: Analysis of Literature Styles Songs: 1.Decide which of the three stylistic movements the song fits with the best and use specific examples to explain your choice. How alike or different is this song to other songs and poems written in the same style? Why does it seem alike or different? Give evidence from the song to support your answer. Weird Al Yonkovic’s song Canadian Idiotis classic portrayal of postmodernism. The lyrics, title and instrumentals of the song are a parody of the song by Greenday called American Idiot. This type of parody is an example of postmodern pastiche within intertexuality in which Weird Al takes the song title, concept to make a spoof version of American idiot. This is illustrated in the lines; “Don't wanna be a Canadianidiot. / Don't wanna be some beer swillin' hockey nut / And do I look like some frostbitten hose-head? / I never learned my alphabet from A to Zed”. The first line is a copy form the original song, He uses Canadian stereotypes to replace certain lines and create something new. Weird Al also displays some paranoia when in his lyrics, he proposes that; “Tell me what kind of freaks are that polite? / It's gotta mean they're all up to something”. This example also depicts the dark humour, using the state of the world in its chaos to prove that it is unnatural to be kind or polite. He then emphasizes Americas fear of the unknown, when he sings “so quick, before they see it comin’ / time for a pre-emptive strike!”. Dark humour used in these lines is quintessential to postmodernist concept of human life as ambiguous. This pokes fun at the stereotypes that Americas have created, many people believing them, thus blurring the lines of reality. The lyrics and instrumentals illustrate clashing between subjects and medium, meaning the tone and mood of music contradict the lyrics. This is an example of fragmentation within dark humour. Furthermore, the music makes fun of Canadians, but also deepens our understanding of Weird Al’s true dark message. “Sure they got their national health care / Cheaper meds, low crime rates and clean air”. This is one of numerous quotes where weird Al highlights Canada’s perceived shortcomings, which in turn unveils the negative side of America’s gun laws, high crime rates, privatized health care system, and reactivity. This song is alike other texts in that it fits the mould of postmodernism; it is a parody, which uses dark humour to convey a message. The song uses the technique of pastiche by taking an older text, keeping the basics and filling in the rest to create something new. What is different about it is the use and contrast of mediums. This is

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