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Copy of Finding Allusion in Writing

An introduction to literary allusion.

Tanna Guidry

on 6 January 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Finding Allusion in Writing

What is an Allusion? Allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, event, or idea from such sources as religion, mythology, literature, history, science, or popular culture. Readers must not only identify allusions, but they must also be able to understand their significance. Allusions often come from
the Bible
classic literature
history What is the allusion in this example?

When dad lost his job, mom became a Scrooge. We only purchased things that were absolutely necessary. What is the significance? It comes from Marvel Comic's "The Hulk"
and it means the he was extremely angry. What is the allusion in this example?

To warn my best friend, I described my brother as a regular Romeo. Romeo Where does the allusion come from? William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet What is the significance? Obviously, the speaker's brother knows how to "woo" women. Scrooge Where does the allusion
come from? A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens It means that mom didn't
like to spend money.
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