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Allusions in Inherit The Wind

Six Allusions in the book Inherit the Wind explained
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Toby Basa

on 12 October 2015

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Bible Belt
The Bible Belt was an area in the nation where Christian Church attendance is higher than the nation's average. This is also a region where socially conservative evangelical Protestantism has a strong role in society and politics
Allusions in inherit the wind
Book of Genesis
The book of Genesis is the first book in the Hebrew Bible, and the Christian old Testament where it explains how the world including the animals and human race was made in seven days by God.
http://biblehub.com/summary/
http://www.usccb.org/bible/genesis/0
The allusion was used effectively in the novel because Brady is questioning Howard if Mr. Cates made any reference to the bible, and more specifically, the Book of Genesis.
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Bible_Belt

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCgQFjACahUKEwjXs9zQtbXIAhUMcz4KHSPjC1A&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FBible_Belt&usg=AFQjCNGMMuPNv5yfEHJ0R-0fJ90qZ4yLlg
The allusion is used correctly in the novel because it is explaining the location of the town as the "buckle" of the Bible Belt.
"Et tu, Brute"
"Et tu, Brute" is what Julius Caesar said to his good friend Brutus, when Brutus stabbed Caesar in the back.
This allusion is used correctly in the book because it is the phrase Cates used when they called Rachel to the stand to try to convict Cates as guilty.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Et_tu,_Brute%3F
http://shakespeare-online.com/ettubrute.html
Barnum and Bailey
Barnum and Bailey is a popular circus act billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth".
The allusion is used correctly as Cates is surprised by the amount of people, comparing it to Barunum and Bailey.
https://www.ringling.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringling_Bros._and_Barnum_%26_Bailey_Circus
Joshua making the Sun stand still
The story of Joshua is told in the Bible. The story includes Joshua commanding the sun to stand still and so it does.
The allusion is used correctly as Drummond questions Brady on what he thinks would actually happen if the sun literally stood still, proving the story wrong.
http://biblehub.com/joshua/10-12.htm
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+10&version=CEV
Jonah and the Whale
The story of Jonah is in the Bible. In the story Jonah gets swallowed by a whale-like fish. After praying for three days and three nights, God commands the fish to spew out Jonah, saving his life.
The allusion is used correctly when Drummond starts questioning if the event of Jonah getting swallowed is actually true, as Brady implies that he believes it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonah
http://biblehub.com/library/marshall/the_wonder_book_of_bible_stories/the_story_of_jonah_and.htm
By toby basa
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