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Group Allusion Analysis

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Hieu Le

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of Group Allusion Analysis

Hieu Le
Alex Brighton
Oscar Martinez Jr.
Bryan Barrientos
Joseph Brown
Andrew Segovia

Louis Quatorze
Group Allusion Analysis
"The formal monotonous ticking of the Louis Quatorze clock annoyed him" (48).
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Origin
Louis Quatorze was a French king who reigned from 1643 to 1715. When still a small child, his father passed away, leaving in the care of the Chief Minister. When the Minister died, Louis assumed control of the french government. While building a more centralized government, he also founded many art institutions. During his rule, he attempted to expand his country's territory, and this resulted in many wars, causing people to view him negatively. Shortly after his last war, he died of gangrene.
How to Remember
The name Quatorze looks like quartz, which is a pretty stone. The stone can be used to decorate, like Louis Quatorze was known for his ornate style.
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Significance
The style of the king was very ornate and everything was overly detailed. By describing the clock in such a fashion, it shows the reader the the life style of Dorian and his friends is very high. They have money and they take it for granted. Dorian is spoiled and that brings into play the painting and all that follows.
Nero
Quote
"Where, the huge velarium that Nero had stretched across the Colosseum at Rome, that Titan sail of purple on which was represented the starry sky and Apollo driving a chariot drawn by white guilt-reined steeds?" (141).
Origin
Nero was the Roman Emperor from 54 to 68 AD, and the last in the Julio-Caudian dynasty. He was believed by his subjects that he started the Great Fire of Rome in order to build the Domus Arena. He was also the first emperor to commit suicide, which led to the end of the Julio-Caudian dynasty,
How to Remember
"Near-Zero" - The Senate declared Nero a public enemy, so they were coming after him. "Near-Zero" means that his time is running up because they are out for his head, so his clock keeps ticking until he raeches "Zero" and commits suicide.
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Significance
The allusion was used to show an example of selfishness. Nero burned down half of Rome in order to build a palace for himself and took only his interest in mind. Dorian is becoming more corrupt and more selfish throughout the book. Nero is used to compare Dorian to some of the monsters that history holds.
Caliban
Quote
"Dorian Gray loathed him more than ever. He felt as if he had come to look for Miranda and had been met by Caliban. Lord Henry, upon the other hand, rather liked him" (74).
Origin
Caliban is one of the main antagonists from Shakespeare's "The Tempest." He is the slave of Prospero, the play's protagonist and is frequently called a monster by other characters because of his grotesque appearance. He is well known in the play for his attempt to rape Miranda.
How to Remember
"Caliban-Taliban" - The name Caliban rhymes with the word Taliban, a group of perceived terrorists. Both names are representations of bad people. The Taliban group has caused problems for people for people everywhere, like Caliban has caused trouble in The Tempest.
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Significance
Lord Henry is similar to Caliban. In "The Tempest," Caliban attempted to rape Miranda because he believes that Miranda's father stole his native island away from him, so this is his attempt to make them leave the island. It appears in "Dorian Gray" that Lord Henry is doing something very similar to young Dorian's mind. He seems to be controlling Dorian like a puppet, which influences his innocence.
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