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Examples of Anachronism


Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-14 14:11:34
An anachronism is an accidental or deliberate inconsistency in some chronological arrangement, especially a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other.

An example might be Western movies" placing of firearms not introduced until the 1870s, such as the Winchester 1873 rifle or the Colt Single Action Army revolver, into frontier society of antebellum or Civil War years.

Some examples of anachronism in literature:

Anachronism in Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare is a popular example.

Brutus: Peace! count the clock.
Cassius: The clock has stricken three.
(From Act II, scene i : lines 193 - 194 of Julius Caesar)

The year was 44 A.D, and there were no mechanical clocks at the time of Julius Caesar. Another dialog from the same play is prominent among anachronism examples in literature.

"he plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his throat to cut"

A doublet is a garment that was worn during the time of Shakespeare, and not during the time of Julius Caesar.

Another similar reference can be cited in the works of Shakespeare. In the play Hamlet, the main character who is also named Hamlet, is the Prince of Denmark, attending the University of Halle-Wittenberg, which was established in 1502 A.D, while the timeline of the entire play is set in the 7th century or 13th century (as some people argue).

BolesA,aw Prus, a Polish novelist and the author of the novel Pharaoh, was based on the timeline of the regime of Ramses XII. The novel has a timeline that lasts from 1087 to 1085 B.C.E. The novel also has a mention of a canal that has the same magnitude of the Suez Canal, the construction of which began in the 19th century. Though it must be noted that Prince Hiram"s canal existed much, much before the timeline of the novel, but was very small in comparison to the Suez Canal.

One can also argue that Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, which was published in 1869, to be an example of anachronism. In fact the whole book contains many such examples, such as the submarine, nautilus, the technology within the submarine, etc. Facts such as discovery of the site of Atlanta, battle of Vigo Bay, the race for Antarctic, diving suits are quite out of the place.

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