Freshman Essay Parody

A dean, who used to teach Freshman Writing, parodies the old compare/contrast essay with Curious George and Brokeback Mountain as the things to be compared and contrasted.

It’s funny and fairly accurate, too. I may send my college students off to read it.

The comments mention opportunities for worsening/fixing the paper into a more accurate parody, but…

Just a teaser:

Although Curious George and Brokeback Mountain share many similarities, they also share many differences. Both involve men in hats, but the meaning of the hat changes.

Curious George is the story of a monkey and the man he adopts. The Man in the Yellow Hat works in a museum, where he never figures out that Drew Barrymore has a crush on him. He must be gay or something. He gets sent to Africa to find a statue that could save the museum. He doesn’t, but he could of if he had figured out how to read the map. A monkey steals his hat, which is like stealing his identity, but it’s a hat. It’s an example of nature’s inhumanity to man.

Brokeback Mountain is about two gay cowboys. We know they’re gay cause they have sex. Also cause they don’t like Anne Hathaway, Michele Williams, and that chick who played Lindsay on Freaks and Geeks and is on ER now. They both wear cowboy hats, but not yellow ones.

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