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Title: Literary%20Term:%20Allusion


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Literary Term Allusion
  • By Sarah Jeffery
  • Modified by Amy Givens

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Definition
  • Allusion an indirect and usually brief reference
    to a person, place, or event.
  • This reference is probably explicit, but its
    meaning can be understood only if the person,
    place, or event is well known by all or known by
    the reader.
  • An allusion can help the reader develop their
    understanding of the text.

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Purpose
  • We, as readers, need to know what allusions are
    so we can identify them in our reading.
  • We need to be able to recognize allusions in the
    books we read because they are usually important
    in our overall understanding of the book.
  • For example, if the name of a character was an
    allusion to a different character in another
    literary work, that similarity could reveal
    something about the character that we wouldnt
    have known if we hadnt found the allusion.

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For Example
  • If you were trying to instill confidence in a
    friend and said, Use the force, that would be
    an allusion to the text Stars Wars.

5
How about this phrase
  • Its elementary my dear Watson!
  • It is an allusion to The Adventures of Sherlock
    Holmes.

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Allusions
  • can be made to a book, a song, movie, or a poem.
  • Even visual allusions can be made to art or film.
    Movies that are parodies are filled with
    allusions.
  • Comedians rely on allusions. They allude to
    current events in a humorous matter. Comedians
    rely on allusions

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Writers often make allusions to Greek Myths in a
text.
  • Myths are ancient stories about gods and heroes.
    Many words used as allusions come from the names
    in the myths.

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Herculean Strength
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Hercules
  • Lets read his story!

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Hercules
  • was the strongest man in the world.
  • The Greek half-god had to perform 12 tasks so
    difficult that they seemed impossible. By the
    end of these tasks, he was a hero to the people.

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Allusions to Hercules
  • He had many Herculean tasks ahead of him.
  • Meaningtasks that seem impossible

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An Allusion
  • Supermans Herculean strength made it easy for
    him hold the world in his hands.

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Allusions to Hercules
  • The weight lifter used his Herculean strength to
    lift the 200 pound weight.
  • Meaningvery strong

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Achilles Heel
Perimeter shooting has been Louisvilles
Achilles heel all season.
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Achilles
  • Lets read his story!

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Achilles
  • was a great warrior.
  • When he was a baby, his mother dipped him in a
    magical river. Where ever the water touched him,
    he could not be harmed. But his mother held him
    by his heel, so that was his one weakness. He
    was defeated when an enemy struck his heel.

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Allusions to Achilles
  • I cant read your answer because of your messy
    handwriting! the teacher said.
  • Neatness has always been my Achilles heel!
    replied the student.
  • Meaningsomeones Achilles heel means his or her
    area of weakness

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Odysseus or the Odyssey
Honda Odyssey
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Odysseus or the Odyssey
  • Lets read his story!

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Odysseus
  • was a Greek king who went to war against the
    Trojans. During the war, he hid his men inside a
    large wooden horse. Then he gave the horse to
    the Trojans as a gift. The Trojans brought the
    horse inside the city walls. That night, the
    Greeks attacked.
  • The Odyssey is a very long poem about Odysseuss
    long journey home after the Trojan war.

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Allusions to Odyssey/Odysseus
  • The family set out on their 24 hour odyssey to
    Florida for vacation.
  • Meaningany long trip or adventure

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The Trojan Horse
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The Trojan Horse
  • Lets read his story!

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The Trojan Horse
  • was the large, wooden horse that Odysseus sent as
    a gift to the Trojans. The Greek warriors were
    hiding inside. The Trojans brought the horse
    inside the city walls. That night, the Greeks
    attacked and won the war.

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Allusions to a Trojan Horse
  • Try some of the casserole, Mom begged Bryan,
    but Bryan was afraid it was a Trojan horse.
  • Meaningsomething that wasnt quite what it
    seemed

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Sisyphus
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Sisyphus
  • Lets read his story!

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Allusions to Sisyphus
  • For Henry, cleaning his room was a Sisyphean
    chore.
  • Meaninga job that never ends

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Pandoras Box
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Pandora
  • Lets read her story!

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Pandora
  • was a woman who opened a box to see what was
    inside.
  • She let out all the evils of the world.
    Pandoras simple act had terrible effects she
    didnt expect.

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Allusions to Pandora
  • Dont worry about your homework. Lets go see a
    movie, Allison persuaded Holly. But Holly had a
    feeling inside that blowing off her homework
    might be like opening Pandoras box.
  • Meaninga tempting opportunity that could be
    disastrous something that leads to a lot of
    unexpected trouble

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King Midas
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vCL9dkQq-9os
  • Lets read his story!

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King Midas
  • had the power to turn everything he touched into
    gold.

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Allusions to King Midas
  • Ron got a 100 on his Spelling test at school,
    had persuaded his sister to take his turn doing
    the dishes, and had just beat the 7th level of
    Mario Brothers on the wii. Today I have the
    Midas touch! he proclaimed.
  • Meaningwhatever he or she does turns out well

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Nemesis
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vH9faYaGdLS4
  • Lets read her story!

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Allusions to Nemesis
  • The New England Patriots are hoping to go to the
    Super Bowl this year, especially since their
    biggest nemesis (the Colts) will not be going.
  • Meaningan enemy something you are not able to
    overcome

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Cupid
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vaNDmeLBljME  
  • Lets read his story!

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Allusions to Cupid
  • I passed a note to Sally to tell her that Brad
    really liked her. When the teacher found the
    note, she opened it and read it. She told me
    there was no need to be playing Cupid, since we
    were not allowed to have boyfriends or
    girlfriends in 4th grade.
  • MeaningTo play matchmaker
  • My mom looked like she had been hit by Cupids
    arrow, when my dad walked in with a large bouquet
    of flowers.
  • Meaningto fall in love

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