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Allusions

Much of the references that are veiled by knowledgeable writers come in the
form of an allusion. Sometimes allusions can trick novice readers because the writer
is making a reference to something he/she assumes the reader has familiarity. It is
like making a reference to McLovin from Superbad and your reader not
understanding it because the reader hasn’t seen the movie. Writers craft their works
for THEIR contemporaries, not necessarily you. You must become aware of an ever
expanding list of references writers have made throughout time. You will be given
four (4) allusions you should read about after class during each week.
Requirements:
• Name of the story
• Source (Biblical, Greek, Roman – provide the MLA citation on a properly
formatted Works Cited page at the end of your five summaries.
• 200 word summary of the story in your own words. Include all relevant details
(people, places and things).
• Draw apt connections to other pieces of literature or other genres where
appropriate.
A= An awesome summary! Filled with thoughtful commentary using extensive
evidence. Satisfies all the requirements and more. You really taught me something
about this piece.
B= A good card. Satisfies all the requirements. Effective and thoughtful analysis of
plot. Responsible commentary of the piece.
C= A fair card. Thin on word requirements. Oversimplified analysis and commentary
of the piece.
D= A poor card. Shows lack of effort and thought. A “lazy” card”
F= Fails to meet basic requirements &/or has no Works Cited Page AND/OR no
parenthetical citations. Both are required!

Week One o Atlas and his Burden
 Genesis Week Four
 The Tower of Babel  Genesis
 Destruction of Sodom o Joseph and his Brothers
 Greek & Roman o Joseph in Egypt
 Cupid and Psyche  Greek and Roman
 Orpheus and Eurydice o Paris and the Golden
 Pygmalion and Galatea Apple
Week Two o Hera and Io
 Genesis o Baucis and Philemon
o Abraham and Isaac Week Five
o Jacob’s Dream  Genesis
 Greek and Roman o Marriage of Isaac
 Daphne and the laurel  Ruth
wreath  Greek and Roman
 The Amazons o Arachne and Athena
 Echo and Narcissus o Adonis and Aphrodite
Week Three o Dido and Aeneas
 Genesis Week Six
o Jacob & Esau  Samuel
o Rachel and Leah o Absalom’s Rebellion
 Greek and Roman o David and Johnathon
o Jason and the Golden o David and Bath-Sheba
Fleece  Greek and Roman
o Perseus and Andromeda
o Daedalus and Icarus
Week Seven
 Kings
o Soloman’s Wisdom
o Soloman’s Temple
o The Queen of Sheba
 Greek and Roman
o Midas and his Golden
Touch
Week Eight
 Job
 Greek and Roman
o The Twelve Labors of
Hercules
o Bellerophon and
Pegasus
o Apollo and Cassandra
o Castor and Pollux