Caricature


a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things

Literary Example:
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Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. In the novel by Joseph Heller, he introduces one character named, Major Major Major Major. The exaggeration of his peculiar name is done purposefully in order to satirize the ridiculous military system where the rank is THE most important factor in all decisions--even if that decision may lead to the death of hundereds or thousands of people.

Cinematic Example:
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The movie Shrek is an excellent example of caricature. Prince Charming's stupidity--his peculiarity--is overly exaggerated by the director in order to show the audience that the looks are not everything that a person has. And that what is outside does not necessarily represent what is inside, as in the case with almost all the characters in the movie, including Princess Fiona and Puss in Boots.

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MLA:
"Caricature | Define Caricature at Dictionary.com." Dictionary.com | Find the Meanings and Definitions of Words at Dictionary.com. Web. 18 Feb. 2010. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/caricature>.

Google Images. Web. 18 Feb. 2010. <http://www.google.com>.

Shrek Karaoke. Dir. Pixar. Perf. Shrek. Youtube, 29 Nov. 2006. Web. 18 Feb. 2010. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gknjvqdB_1M>.