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Transcript of Allusions
And that is the conclusion to our allusions.
Allusions are figures of speech.
- They are simply a reference to:
Allusions in history.
Here are some examples of allusions.
Eye of the needle
After all he went through, we gave him the nickname Job.
King Ahab and Jezebel.
"Here they come, King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel."
The idea came to him like handwriting on a wall.
They call the city a modern Sodom and Gomorrah.
Job was a character in the bible who was best known for his period of suffering.
Handwriting on the wall
In this case, the reference to the handwriting on the wall comes as revelation.
King Ahab and Jezebel are famous characters of the Bible known for their wickedness and dishonesty.
Sodom and Gomorrah can be used to describe any place that is thought of as sinful and immoral. Both of these cities were destroyed by God for their perversion.
"It would be easier to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven."
The eye of the needle represents an impossible or difficult task. The phrase was used by Jesus in the Bible when talking to his disciples about the rich young man who approached him.
Expecting to find El Dorado, they found nothing at all.
El Dorado was a famous imaginary city supposedly full of great wealth.
"Don't Bowdlerize it anymore!"
To bowdlerize is to edit, censor, or remove certain material to the point that it is less effective.
Associated with Thomas Bowdler.
John has gone Berserk!
To go berserk is to become uncontrolled or violent or simply go crazy.
"The whole thing is one big McCarthyism!"
To make accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without solid evidence. The word was coined to criticize the anti-communist pursuits of U.S. Senator Joseph MacCarthy.
"He would rather live in his imaginary Utopia than face reality."
Utopia represents the ideal and/or perfect society in which all humans live in harmony.
"She had an Achilles' heel for chocolate."
"The ocean was raging with the wrath of Neptune."
Neptune was the Roman god of the sea.
Achilles' heel could be used to refer to any weakness a person may have in spite of their overall strength.
"It was the Pandora's box he should have never opened."
In Greek mythology the opening of the Pandora's box was the cause of all sickness, crime, evil, hatred and envy.
"I'm a protean when it comes to blending in."
In mythology Proteus could readily change form into whatever he wished.
"Sampson destroyed the Temple of Dagon with Herculean strength."
"He was a regular Don Juan with the ladies."
Don Juan is used synony-mously with "woman-izer" , especia-lly in Spanish slang.
"His ideas were too quixotic to be taken seriously."
Quixotic can used to say that something is unrealistically heroic or idealistic.
Term originated from ->
"My boss is a Simon Legree when it comes to paperwork."
Simon Legree was a cruel slave owner in the book,
. His name can also be used synonymously with greed.
"Thanks, you have the emotions of a robot."
The sentence is said in a sarcastic tone. Robots don't have emotions! They are mechanical beings that don't respond to feelings.
Herculean- very strong or of extraordinary power; from Hercules.
Allusions can basically refer to anything, real or imaginary.
But allusions are dependent on your understanding as to what they are a
reference to or what they mean in context of a sentence.
"That yahoo can't even spell."
A yahoo is a boorish, crass, or stupid person.
By Carter Casias
Expression originates from the Book of Daniel, from the handwriting on the wall that was witnessed at the banquet hosted by King Belshazzar.
Comes from the term berserker, who was an ancient Scandinavian warrior who worked himself in a frenzy before battle.
Word was coined by Thomas More and used as the title to his book. In Greek Utopia means good place.