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Andrea Rogers

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Transcript of Allusions

"Willy: That’s why I thank Almighty God you’re both built like
. Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead" (Act 1)
Allusions are artists giving shout-outs to other artists
references originate from
Allusion Activity
a literary device
used in Death of a Salesman
a reference to an object or circumstance that has occurred or existed in a different context.

a literary device used by authors who use or reference other texts, film, art, music or real events

help the audience have a clearer understanding of the author's purpose by evoking a mental picture or emotional connection
the Bible
famous fictional characters
historical events and people
Shakespeare's plays and poems
nursery rhymes
1. Research 1 allusion (see list)
2. Identify the allusion’s origin-
3. Create a 3-slide presentation to explain your allusion
Miller uses masculine mythological figures to define his sons' characters.
Cheron, "Hercules Slaying the Hydra" (circa 1700)
"WILLY: Like a young god.
— something like that. And the sun, the sun all around him. Remember how he waved to me? Right up from the field, with the representatives of three colleges standing by? And the buyers I brought, and the cheers when he came out — Loman, Loman, Loman! God Almighty, he’ll be great yet. A star like that, magnificent, can never really fade away!" (Act 1)
"Biff: But look at your friend...
Happy: Yeah, but when he walks into the store
the waves part in front of him
... I want to walk into the store the way he walks in" (Act 1)
No citation available: Moses Parting the Red Sea (Exodus 13:17-14:29)
Rubens, "Venus and Adonis" (1577)
What TWO allusions are referenced in "Shut up and Dance" by Walk the Moon?


Allusions only work if you understand the original reference. Here, "American Gothic" by Grant Wood is referenced in satire, commercials, and ironic memes.
Slide 1: Title page
Must include:
Your name
Specific allusion
Allusion’s origin story and Works cited information (In MLA format)
one graphic (cited with base URL)

Slide 2: Allusion explanation
Must include:
An explanation of how to use this allusion in context
one graphic (cited with base URL)

Slide 3: Allusion references
Must include:
two examples where your allusion is referenced
at least one graphic
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