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ALLUSION NOTES What is an allusion?.  An allusion is a reference to something or someone.  It is not the same as the word illusion. Illusion is when.

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1 ALLUSION NOTES What is an allusion?

2  An allusion is a reference to something or someone.  It is not the same as the word illusion. Illusion is when your eyes play tricks on you and you think you see something that is not really there.

3 Where can I see and hear allusions?  Commercials  Movies  Books  The store  School  The mall  Just about anywhere Allusions are all around us. People use them every day.

4 Most allusions come from one of the following sources:  The Bible  Mythology  History  A Culture  Shakespeare  Literary

5 A Biblical Allusion  A reference to a character, story, place, or scripture from The Bible. Example1: “He was a Good Samaritan yesterday when he helped the lady start her car.” This refers to the biblical story of the Good Samaritan. Example 2: “This place is like a Garden of Eden.” The Garden of Eden was the paradise God made for Adam and Eve.

6 A Mythological Allusion  A reference to Greek or Roman Mythology. This can be a reference to a god or goddess, or a mythical hero or creature. Example : “Chocolate was her Achilles’ heel.” This means that her weakness was her love of chocolate. Achilles is a character in Greek mythology who was invincible. His mother dipped him in magical water when he was a baby, and she held him by the heel. The magic protected him all over, except for his heel.

7 Example # 2 of Mythological Allusions This is an allusion to the Greek warrior Ajax, who was known for his skills in battle in Homer’s book, The Iliad

8 A Historical Allusion  A reference to a historical person, place, or event. Example: This is an allusion to Abraham Lincoln. If you were not familiar with the US presidents, you might not know who “Honest Abe” is.

9 Example # 2 of Historical Allusions These are lyrics from a song: Can you guess who they’re singing about? Early morning, April 4 Shot rings out in the Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life They could not take your pride

10 A Cultural Allusion  A reference to a person, place, event, or thing within a specific culture. If someone is not familiar with that culture, he or she will probably not understand the allusion.  Some cultural allusions will overlap with historical, biblical, literary, Shakespearean, and mythological allusions.

11 Example of a Cultural Allusion # 1 “You’re killing me Smalls.” – Quote from the movie The Sandlot. #2 He’s as jolly as Old Saint Nick. - reference to Santa Claus

12 Example # 3 Cultural Allusion “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” This is an allusion to The Wizard of Oz.

13 A Shakespearean Allusion  A reference to one of William Shakespeare’s characters or a reference to one of his quotes. Example # 1 “ Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears…” Quote from Julius Caesar Example: # 2 “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” “He was a real Romeo with the ladies.”

14 A Literary Allusion  A reference to any character, author, or quote from any piece of literature throughout history; however, literary allusions usually refer to classic pieces of literature.  Example # 1“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.

15 Example # 2 Literary Allusion  “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.


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