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Allusions

Purpose
The purpose of Allusions is to use other works of literature or ideas that
have a similar tone to the piece in question in order to further show off a
character or plot. Thus, allusions can be used to describe an idea without
going into too much detail or can be used to foreshadow further events
based on the story or idea referenced, meaning that for an allusion to be
effective, the audience must already know about or understand the topic
referenced.

3 types of Allusions
Historical Allusions
Biblical Allusions
Literary Allusions
Historical Allusions
Historical allusions require a level of awareness from the audience to
understand the reference. Often this type of allusion is used to refer to
mythological stories and characters.
Biblical Allusions
Biblical allusions are references to stories and ideas mentioned in the Bible
in order to reference a common moral or motive.
An Allusion is: an indirect reference to a person, place, event, or another
passage of literature. Allusions imply a tone or a connection between one
subject to another. They can derive from ancient stories, past events, people,
or other pieces of literature.

Allusions
Literary Allusions
A literary allusion is a reference to a separate legend, story, or myth, in order
to prove a point or help the audience remember the meaning or message of
the passage. Literary allusions often depend upon the audience's
understanding of the history, contributions, and opinions of different
cultures, otherwise known as cultural literacy.
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For Example:
If it were done when tis done, then twere well it were done quickly
(I.vii.1-2). This references Jesuss words to Judas in John 13.27: That thou
doest, do quickly, knowing that Judas was going to betray Him. Macbeth
recognizes his connection with Duncan, as well as his similarities with
Judas, who was unfaithful to Jesus.
For Example:

My genius is rebuked,
as it is said Mark Antonys
was by Caesar (III. i. 60-62).
Macbeth talks about how he is
threatened by only Banquo;
as was Marc Antony by the
infamous Julius Caesar.

Match the definition or example with the type of allusion, or finish the
phrase. Check them off-the first person to fill all 9 spaces wins!
What kind of Allusion is this?
"I used to envy the father of our race, dwelling as he did in contact with the
new-made fields and plants of Eden; but I do so no more, because I have
discovered that I also live in "creation's dawn" The morning stars still sing
together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every
day." -John Muir
Match the definition.
A reference to a separate legend, story, or myth, in order to prove a point or
help the audience remember the meaning of the passage.
Look like th innocent flower, but be the serpent under t (I.vi. 76-77).
This references the story of Adam and Eve, and the struggle to give into
temptation rather than do what one knows to be right.

What type of Allusion is this?


An Allusion is an indirect reference to...
1.? 2.? 3.?
The purpose of an allusion is to...
"I thought the software would be useful, but it was a Trojan Horse."
What type of Allusion is this?
When she lost her job,
she acted like a Scrooge,
and refused to buy anything
that wasn't necessary."
For Example:
The three witches seen throughout the play can easily be compared to the
Fates of Greek mythology. The Fates, sometimes known as Moirai, weave
one's destiny using the "thread of life." Once one's fate is made, there is no
way to change it. This is similar to the witches' prophecy, which foretold
Macbeth's destiny and he has since followed that fate. Additionally, both the
witches and the Fates are made up of three women, very old, and having
supernatural powers. It is clear that Shakespeare alluded to Greek
mythology in the play.
You are a Solomon when it comes to making decisions.
What type of Allusion is this?
What type of Allusion is this?
Chocolate was her Achilles' heel, and thus her quick stop in the truffle store
took longer than planned.
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