Nasreddin’s Coat: Very Short Example of Spoof Text

Most people call a spoof story funny? Is it right? Yest it not wrong but the sense of funny produced by that spoof text actually comes from the unpredictable ending of the story. Spoof text sometime is tragic. The important thing inside a spoof story is twist. Let's see how a twist produces a funny sense of a story!

The Story of Nasreddin’s Coat

One day Nasreddin had been invited to the dinner party. He went to the party by wearing old clothes.

When he arrived in the party, nobody looked at him and nobody gave him a seat. He got no food in the party so he went home and change his clothes.

Next he put on his best clothes. He wore his newest coat and went to the party again. The host at once got up and came to meet him. The host offered him the best table and gave him a good seat and served him the best food.

 Nasreddin sat and put off his coat. He put his coat and said; “Eat the food, Coat!” the hosts and guests were very surprised and asked Nareddin; “What are doing?” Nasreddin replied calmly; “When I came here with my old clothes, nobody looked at me. Then I went home and put on my best clothes. I came back in my newest coat and you all give me this best food and drink.

So, you give food to my coat instead of me”. Getting Nasreddin's answer, they just shook the head.

 Generic Structure Analysis on the Story of Nasreddin Coat Story

 After reading that simple short story, we should understand the elements of generic structure. Here it is:

Orientation: one day, Nasreddin was invited to a dinner party

Event 1: He was in the party with his old cloth

Event 2: He was in the party with his best newest coat

Twist: Among the hosts and guests, he asked his coat to eat the served food

That all spoof text with a very short unpredictable ending story. If a story does not contain an unpredictable thing in the end of the story, it can be studies as spoof text.

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