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1 Allusion Mini Lesson: Love Story by Taylor Swift
By: Emma Gillard Class: ESL C Teacher: Christina Ponzio

2 What is Allusion An Allusion is when an author refers to another book, play, or movie in his/her piece of work.  Allusions are often indirect references to well-known characters or events. Like Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet… Allusions engage the reader and will often help the reader remember the message or theme of the passage. Allusions allow the writer to give an example or get a point across without going into writing a lot .

3 Example from Dante’s Inferno.
Dante uses the Greek mythological figures, Phaethon and Icarus, to express his fear. I doubt if Phaethon feared more - that time  he dropped the sun-reins of his father's chariot  and burned the streak of sky we see today - or if poor Icarus did - feeling his sides  unfeathering as the wax began to melt,  his father shouting:  "Wrong, your course is wrong!"

4 Example from the song: Love Story
Romeo, save me, they're trying to tell me how to feel. It Refers to when Juliet and Romeo can’t see each other and people try to make Juliet forget about him.

5 Examples “I was surprised his nose was not growing like Pinocchio’s.”
This refers to the story of Pinocchio, where his nose grew whenever he told a lie. It is from The Adventures of Pinocchio, written by Carlo Collodi. “When she lost her job, she acted like a Scrooge, and refused to buy anything that wasn’t necessary.” Scrooge was an extremely stingy character from Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol. “He was a real Romeo with the ladies.” Romeo was a character in Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, and was very romantic in expressing his love for Juliet.

6 Biblical Allusion Examples
“He was a Good Samaritan yesterday when he helped the lady start her car.” This refers to the biblical story of the Good Samaritan.  “She turned the other cheek after she was cheated out of a promotion.” This comes from teaching of Jesus that you should not get revenge.  “This place is like a Garden of Eden.” The Garden of Eden was the paradise God made for Adam and Eve. “You are a Solomon when it comes to making decisions.” This refers to King Solomon, who was very wise.

7 Understanding allusions
Because allusions make reference to something other than what is directly being discussed, you may miss an allusion or fail to understand it if you do not know the underlying biblical story, literary tale or other reference point. Today it is easy to look things up so when someone references something you do not understand, you can easily turn to the Internet to learn enough to get the allusion.

8 The End Thanks For listening

9 Sources

10 Who Is Dante Dante was an Italian poet and moral philosopher best known for the epic poem The Divine Comedy. Dante Alighieri was born in 1265.

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