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Allusion

Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-11 00:13:41
An allusion is a literary term that refers to a reference in one literary work to another literary work.

One example. The Simpsons television show constantly refers to (some may say, steals from) movies, music, literature etc. In a scene where Principal Skinner is in his office, he suddenly turns to his window and looks out at an old, spooky house while he talks about a tormented relationship with his mother. This is an allusion to the Norman Bates character in the movie Psycho.

Another example of an allusion would be "The girl"s love of sweets was her Achilles heel," referencing the warrior in Greek mythology, Achilles, who could only be harmed if something hit his heel because he was dipped in magic water as baby when his mother held him by a heel. Achilles" only weakness is his heel, so an Achilles heel reference means a downfall or weakness, in this example a weakness for sweets.


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