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9th grade Figurative Review

Theresa Warren

on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of Allusion

Allusion is in Everything
Micheal Jackson
"Just Beat It"
Examples of Allusion
TV Example
Looking for the Allusion
What is this song about?

Four groups of four will create their own short story using allusion of a well known reference:
Is a reference or representation of a person, places, historical, cultural, or literary event. The writer expects the reader or audience to possess enough knowledge to spot the allusion and grasp its importance in a text.
Weird Al Yankovic
"Just Eat It"
The lyrics are about life on the streets and gang activity, something Jackson was very detached from. He was schooled by tutors his whole life and became a star at a young age, so his interpretation of "two gangs coming together to rumble" was based on the celluloid interpretations that he'd seen, specifically West Side Story, which used gangs as musical art.

West Side Story was a 1957 musical that was made into a popular movie in 1961. Starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, the film won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Some of the first dialogue heard in the movie - in a scene where some gang members have encroached on rival territory - is the emphatic line, "beat it."
Chocolate was her Achilles heel.
Meaning: Compares a woman's love of chocolate to the
weakness of Greek mythology character, Achilles' heel.
I was surprised his nose was not growing like
Meaning: This refers to the story of Pinocchio,
by Carlo Collodi, where his nose grew whenever
he told a lie.
Background Information
International Rapper
Wrote hit song "Thrift Shop"
From Seattle, WA
Battled with Addiction
Has been rapping since he was 13, he is now 30.
Take out a pencil and another color pen/pencil

What event is going on during this song?

Circle information in the lyrics to prove what the song is about
The Inference
At first listen, "The End" sounds like a
charming recollection and romanticization of a high school prom. When you examine the lyrics further and take into account Haggerty's past, through, yo start to realize that something bigger being referred to. In my mind he is using Winter Ball 2012" as a allusion for his relationship with music, how he was scared of the places it would take him at first, how it makes him feel alive, and ultimately how it would save his life and take him to the heights he is today.
Two main characters
Use well known pop culture references.
example- popular commercials, song references,historical events.
"Their relationship is like the Titanic!"
come up with as many allusions as possible
Life is no brief candle to me. It is
a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the movement; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

-George Bernard Shaw

Compare this video to the last
how does it allude to the first
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