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Allusions

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Angela Speach

on 8 February 2013

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Transcript of Allusions

Allusions Read the following allusions and describe the associations each one evokes. 1. Cupid
2. Scrooge
3. Princess What is allusion....let's listen Definition: A direct or indirect reference to something historical, literary, religious, or mythical. The author usually uses references that will be understood by his or her audience, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art. You can also make allusions to pop culture. What is the allusion in this picture? Why Writers Use It: Allusions can help people see unique connections between two ideas. The reference can help the audience better understand a subject. Allusions can also be surprising and funny, and are a favorite tool for rappers to prove their extensive knowledge of many topics. In other words: dropping good allusions will make you sound smart. People use allusions in everyday conversation by referring to literary, historical, or cultural subjects that hold understood meaning. For example, when your friend says, “Big Brother is watching,” she is talking about the ruler from George Orwell’s classic 1984, in which people’s actions, words, or even thoughts are censored. She is reminding you to watch what you do, because someone might see you and cause a problem. Underline each allusion. Then explain what the reference means.
1. When I visited Poland, I felt like Alice in the rabbit hole.
2.She is richer than King Midas!
3.That man is as evil as the Grinch! Practice #1 Allusions in Music Practice #2 Identify the following allusions from the musical lyrics I’m full strength like a Cyclops‘s eye drops,
I got support like high-tops.
- Ugly Duckling, Left Behind. 1 “The side lines is lined with casualties
Who sip the life casually, then gradually become worse
Don’t bite the apple, Eve” -Jay-Z “Tonedeff’s slays giants,
as if my legal name’s David.” -Tonedeff “Coming from the deep black like the Loch Ness,
now bring apocalypse like the Heart of Darkness.” - Talib Kweli A song that is considered to have the most allusions in it. Willy Wonka & Shakespeare Note: You can basically find allusion on every page of Shakespeare. Open up a Shakespeare book, point to a random page, and see if you can find the allusion. Practice #3 Literary allusions come from many sources – novels, stories, poems, myths, religious literature, and even comic books. For each trait below, think of a way to use a literary allusion to illustrate it. Then write a sentence using the literary allusion. Be creative, but make sure your allusion is immediately identifiable. 1. Beauty
2.Strength
3.Stinginess
4.Courage
5.Foolishness Allusions even make their way onto Sesame Street
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