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A Farewell to Arms: Allusions
Transcript of A Farewell to Arms: Allusions
1.An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
2.The practice of making such references, esp. as an artistic device. Western Winds Allusions Western wind, when wilt thou blow,
The small rain down can rain?
Christ! if my love were in my arms,
And I in my bed again!
-Anonymous (c. 1500) Othello "Othello with his occupation gone," she teased.
"Othello was a nigger," I said. "Besides, I'm not jealous. I'm just so in love with you that there isn't anything else" "If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water." Julius Caesar "O, now forever Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content! Farewell the plumed troop and the big wars That make ambition virtue! O, farewell, Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump, The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife, The royal banner and all quality, Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war... Farewell! Othello's occupation's gone!" A Farewell to Arms Othello "This is a rotten game we play, isn't it?" Othello Lago "The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one."
A brave man "dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he's intelligent. He simply doesn't mention them." "Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once" Julius Caesar A Farewell to Arms Fine "If there were no war we would probably all be in bed. In bed I lay me down my head... Blow, blow, ye western wind. Well, it blew and it wasn't the small rain but the big rain down that rained. It rained all night. You know it rained down that rained. Look at it. Christ, that my love were in my arms and I in my bed again. That my love Catherine. That my sweet love Catherine down might rain. Blow her again to me. Well, we were in it. Every one was caught in it and the small rain would not quiet it." -Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"
- "But at my back I always hear, time's winged chariot hurrying near..."
-Genesis: Rinaldi admits he is “the snake of reason”
-(A side note: although it's traditional to talk about Adam and Even eating an apple, the Bible never specifies what type of fruit it was that God forbade them to eat.)