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Allusion

Allusion lesson and writing - 8th grade
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Wendy Eckert

on 8 January 2013

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Transcript of Allusion

An allusion is an indirect and brief reference in literature to a well-known person, character, event, or place. ALLUSION Why is allusion important? Examples of Allusion in Movies Allusion in a story allows the reader to visualize a concept or a situation and relate the story to its time. "I never thought I'd move back to my hometown, but I guess deep down, I'm a Dorothy."

"When she lost her job, she became a real Scrooge."

"I thought the new software was good, but actually it was a Trojan Horse." Examples of Allusion in Everyday Conversations Helps the reader draw a connection
Conveys a lot of information in a single word or two Pros of Using Allusion Allusions only make sense to those who know the source material Cons of Using Allusion In class we generally discuss allusions made within a piece of literature.
Many of these allusions are Biblical, Greek, or Shakespearean. A story, a paragraph, or a poem can allude to a person, a character in a novel or movie, myth, historical event, the Bible, a particular setting or an era. The reader has to be familiar with the allusion in order to understand the piece that contains it. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling alluded to many folklores and mythological names. Remus Lupin's code name, Rumulus, was alluded from Greek Mythology. Examples of Allusion in Music Examples of Allusion in Music Taylor Swift "Love Story"

'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
But you were everything to me
I was begging you please don't go and I said Two examples of allusion are included in the lyrics above. Explain. Allusion establishes a strong connection between the reader/viewer/listener and the literature, movie, art work, or song.



Assignment: Part One

Come in tomorrow with three examples of allusion. Consider art, music, literature, and movies. Quote the section that contains the allusion & complete a works cited for each example.

After the Taylor Swift song, I would write...

Swift, Taylor. "Love Song." Fearless. Big Machine
Records. 2008. CD.

This assignment is meant to assess your ability to find and understand allusions and to cite accurately a source. (Consider citationmachine.net and owl.english.purdue.edu) Assignment - Part Two

Write a three to four paragraph expository essay detailing why authors (or others) use allusion in their work and why it is effective. Consider using your allusion examples in your paper. Also consider the fact that it is incredibly important to understand all elements used in a piece; that is the only way we can critically comprehend. Otherwise - we ascertain very little.
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