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Allusion

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Jennifer Hale

on 1 May 2014

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Transcript of Allusion

It's Only an Allusion
What is an Allusion?
A reference to an outside work.
An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it specifically.
An indirect or passing reference.
Three Literary Works Alluded to Most Often:
Can You Identify the Allusions?
Surprising Allusions
Why is it Important to Read Literary Classics?
The more you know...the more you pick up on. You might be surprised how often your knowledge of Greek mythology will add new depth to your understanding of literature. You’ll find references in everything from the classics (such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) to contemporary young adult literature (such as the overt example of the Percy Jackson series). Allusions to literature and history are around you in your daily lives all the time!
Why Do Authors Use Allusion?
To create an inside joke with the reader - to generate interest.
To provide a meaningful connection from one text to another
To provide insightful connections to the plot, characters, setting, literary elements of a text.
The Bible
Mythology
Shakespeare
The
Forbidden
Fruit
How is This an Allusion to the Bible?
Achilles Heel
Either chocolate or coffee could be called my "Achilles Heel."
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
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