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Allusions from To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee Harper

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on 11 December 2013

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Transcript of Allusions from To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee Harper

"He wore a
General Hood
type beard of which he was inordinately vain." (101)
"If
General Jackson
hadn't run the Creeks up the creek, Simon Finch would never have paddled up the Alabama, and where would we be if he hadn't?" (3)
"Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket
Merlin
whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fantasies." (10)
Allusions from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lee was alluding to a character in a fairy tale called Little One Eye, Little Two Eyes, and Little Three Eyes.
It is a story of a little girl who had three eyes and was pretending to be asleep but was watching everything that was happening.
General Hood was a confederate general during the civil war. He was known for bravery and aggressiveness. He was one of the best commanders in the Confederate States Army.
This allusion is used to compare Scout's cousin, Ike Finch, to General Hood. Ike is similar to him for he was a Confederate veteran of Maycomb County.
This was done to show how Scout wasn't really sleeping. And Jem knew it because he was wanting to leave to go retrieve his pants.
Merlin is a magical and mysterious man whose life is filled with conflict and difference. He is an interesting guy in the Welsh literature and the Arthurian legend. He was a wizard, along with many other thing like King Arthur's adviser, but appeared as a little boy with no father. Merlin was also known as a keeper of knowledge, mostly of secrets.
Lee uses this allusion to compare Dill to Merlin. They are alike in the way that he is intelligent, brave and an important role in Jem and Scout's life. Dill has many similar qualities to Merlin.
Lee refers to Andrew Jackson as "General Jackson" who was the 7th president of the U.S. from 1829 to 1937. The Creeks were natives that were mostly in Alabama and Georgia. The white settlers forced the Creeks out. Thats how Simon Finch made his way to Alabama.
This quote helps us to understand the setting in Alabama and gives us the knowledge of some history on Maycomb and where the Finch family lives.
Lee uses comparison between Thomas Bullfinch and Scot to explain that she is able to read and wtire quite well. She reads a lot and is more advanced in her reading and writing than most the other kids.
"No, I told her about
Lord Melbourne
." (116)
Lord Melbourne (1779-1848) was Queen Victoria's first prime minister, and he had a reputation for being a ladies' man.
This explains what Jack told Scout. She asked what a whore-lady was but he said he told her about Lord Melbourne.. he isn't a lady but he acted the same way except as a guy.
Flagpole sitting was a weird act of entertainment in the 1930s. It was an era with out television and radio so people attempted at the odd task. Its just trying to sit on the pole for as long as possible.
Dixie Howell was a popular football player at the Uversity of Alabama during the 1930s. He then went on to coach at what is now the University of Arizona.
"...now in 1864, when
Stonewall Jackson
came around by - I beg your pardon young folks." (101)
Thomas Jonathon "Stonewall" Jackson was a confederate general during the American Civil War from 1824-1863. He had to get his are amputated and still seem to survive. He died sadly of pheumonia eight days after.
This allusion was used to help explain what their cousin Ike and Atticus are discussing. Ike Finch had a lot to talk about duting that time period.
The allusion is used to explain the history of the great depression and show how the characters in the book and others lived very poorly at that time.
"Jem says I was. He read in a book where I was a
Bullfinch
instead of a Finch. Jem say's my name's really Jean Louise Bullfinch, that I got swapped when I was born and I'm really a..." (22)
"We went to the livingroom. I picked up a football magazine, found a picture of
Dixie Howell
, showed it to Jem and said, "This looks like you." (137)
"Atticus kept us in fits that evening, gravely reading columns of print about a man who sat on a falgpole for no discerable reason, which was reason enough for Jem to spend the following Saturday aloft in the treehouse." (42)
Haydin Freeman
Period 2
December 5, 2013

"..nothing to buy and no money to buy it.." shows the economic situation occuring in Maycomb and the U.S. at this time. The people were mostly affected by the Great Depression which starting in 1929. Lots of people lost their jobs and poverty took over the nation.
There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go,
nothing to buy and no money to buy it with
, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County." (6)
It refers to Thomas Bullfinch, an author who wrote multiple stories and myths from different time periods. Some of his work is: Stories of Gods and Heroes, Romance of the Middle Age, The Age of Fable and a ton more. His last piece of work was published in 1863 but they still sell his stories today.
"I lingered between sleep and wakefulness until I heard Jem murmur. "Sleep,
Little Three-Eyes
?" (74)
This allusion is used to explain what their father read to them and what it was about. Also to compare it to how Jem decided he was going sit in his tree house for a long period of time. He felt he didn't need a reason just as those flagpole sitters didn't.
It was used to explain how Scout was tyring to honestly be nice to Jem but it didn't help anything. Jem must have maybe liked football. She compared Jem to Dixie by looks to try and make him feel better.
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