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Allusion

English 10 Poetry Project [April 9, 2013]
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Jenny Lin

on 22 December 2013

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Transcript of Allusion

Allusion and Foreshadowing Allusions can also be used as a form of foreshadowing, which is a warning or indication of a future event. This technique enriches the reading for people who do understand the allusion, but is not required for those who don't.

For example, if an author created a fictional character and gave him the name "Romeo", we may immediately think of the famous "Romeo and Juliet" Shakespearean play. This would lead us to think, "Does he fall in love with Juliet?" or "Does this character have a similar tragic ending?" Why Do People Use Allusions? - can be used to provide helpful context in a much shorter time than if the author tried to explain everything from scratch

- can give a deeper meaning to a story by referring to another work which as a similar theme

- a way for the author to emphasize the main point of the story

- may give the reader a better understanding of what the author is meaning to say if they can draw the similarities between the two different works and see how they relate to one another

- to interest or catch the reader's attention with a familiar reference

- to encourage the reader to think more deeply

- to add humour, colour, imagery, or even power behind words depending on what allusion is used

Most allusions are based on the assumption that the reader will understand what the author has alluded to. In Western literature, allusions to biblical figures, classical mythology, and Shakespeare characters are most common. What is Allusion? Love Story The Tragedy of Julius Caesar "Et tu, Brute?" ("Even you, Brutus?")

- an allusion for someone who takes advantage of your trust

- refers to Caesar's assassination by those who opposed his dictatorship, one of whom pretended to be his friend The Force: Volkswagen Commercial By: Jenny & Hillary ALLUSION A poetic device used to make an explicit or indirect reference or representation to... - people
- places
- events - literary works
- myths
- works of art - can be real or fictional

- often brief references to well-known characters or events William Shakespeare Taylor Swift Allusions in Songs Allusions in Plays In "Love Story", there are several references to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In the line "See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns", it is referring to Romeo and Juliet meeting at the masked ball. The lovers in this song meet against their parent's wills, just like Romeo and Juliet in the line, "So I sneak out to the garden to see you. We keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they knew".
Allusions in Commercials The allusion in this Volkswagen commercial is a reference to Star Wars. The boy, acting as Darth Vader, uses the “Force” to power-up the car when he discovers it in the driveway. In Star Wars, the Force refers to a strong, binding, universal power in the fictional universe of the Star Wars galaxy. This allusion attracts its viewers and makes the Volkswagen look like it is an extremely efficient, high-tech car. Create Your Own Allusion You will have 7 minutes to work in groups of 5-6 and create a short, unique presentation involving allusion.

It is up to your group to decide how you would like to present (song, poem, short skit, commercial, etc.).

HINT:
You may choose a well-known character from a story such as a Greek myth or Disney movie and create a scene or situation that can refer or represent the character.
ACTIVITY! “Chocolate was her Achilles’ heel.” “He was a Good Samaritan yesterday when he helped the lady start her car.” "He was a real Romeo with the ladies." Romeo was very romantic in expressing his love for Juliet. This refers to the biblical story of the Good Samaritan. This means that her weakness was her love of chocolate. Achilles is a character in Greek mythology who was invincible. His mother dipped him in magical water when he was a baby, and she held him by the heel. The magic protected him all over, except for his heel. Other Examples: Other Examples: Other Examples:
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