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Allusion Allusion Presentation Transcript

  • Allusion
  • Definition:
    • Allusion is a brief reference to a person, event, or place, real or ficticious, or to a work of art. Casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event. An allusion may be drawn from history, geography, literature, or religion.
    • Example: Stephen Vincent Benet's story "By the Waters of Babylon" contains a direct reference to Psalm 137 in the Bible.
    • An allusion is a reference, something you allude to: “Her allusion to flowers reminded me that Valentine’s Day was coming.” In that English paper, don’t write “literary illusions” when you mean "allusions.” A mirage, hallucination, or a magic trick is an illusion. (Doesn’t being fooled just make you ill? )
  • Billy Joel & “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
    • We didn't start the fire It was always burning since the world's been turning We didn't start the fire No, we didn't light it But we tried to fight it
  • Recognizing Allusion
    • We are going to listen to the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. While we listen, I would like you to write down every allusion you hear. After the song ends, we will talk about allusion and how Joel used it, and what he is referring to in the chorus (we didn’t start the fire) and in his listing of people, events and places.
  • Writing Activity
    • In your groups, you will write a new stanza (fitting for the current generation) that uses allusion. For example:
  • Student Examples:
    • Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, George Bush, Ross Perot
    • Tonya Harding, Susan Smith, Lorena Bobbit didn’t miss
    • Oklahoma, Waco, Bosnia, Castro
    • Forrest Gump, Lion King, Mr. Holland on the screen
    • Baseball strike, Super Bowl, Nolan Ryan is getting old
    • Michael Jackson and O.J., what else do I have to say?
    • Regan’s out, Bush’s in
    • Chicago Bulls win again
    • Desert Storm, Stormin’ Norman,
    • Bush’s out, global warmin’
    • Bill and Hillary rule the nation
    • Whitewater investigation
    • Oklahoma City bomb
    • Susan Smith’s a bad mom
    • Valujet, TWA
    • Branch Dividians, O.J.
    • Unibomber, gay rights
    • Bosnia, Baseball strikes
    • Superman paralyzed
    • Kurt Cobain- suicide
    • Forrest Gump, Michael Crichton
    • Hugh Grant, Mike Tyson
    • Tupac, Easy-E
    • Cindy Crawford, Lion King
    • MTV, Pauly Shore
    • I can’t take it anymore!
  • Josh and Pat
    • Bush, Gore, no one really knows the score
    • MTV, VH1, Simon says “you’re done!”
    • Left Behind, CSI, Sega never made a dime
    • Attorney Thompson, rap, games, who’ll really get the blame
    • Phantom Menace, Blade III, Michael Jackson in a zoo
    • Brittney Spears, Tom Hangs, which has more money in the bank?
  • Kevin, Aaron and Aaron
    • Birth control, Tim McVeigh, The bloody gove is no OJ’s
    • Clinton, Enron, Bosnia, Pokemon
    • Recount, blackout, when will US troops get out?
    • Building tension with Iran, US in Afghanistan
  • Virgil, Thomas and Keith
    • Indian children so poor, why is J-Lo a whore
    • Blasting aliens deception, fatalities, why does R-Kelly seem like animality?
    • Paris Hilton has a lot of sass, as George W acts like milk-chan dumbass
    • War of three rings
    • War on terrorism continues to sing
    • Enron cooks the books
    • Martha decorates prison nooks
    • Wardrobe malfunction and W’s disfunction
  • M. Staats & B. Katchmar
    • Lots of rap, rock is dead
    • Clinton got a lot of head
    • Golden Eye, Halo, Doom
    • Learned how to shoot up the room
    • Lots of trilogy’s on the screen
    • Terrorists got really mean.
    • New York lights up lots of flares
    • Bush’s lap dog, Tony Blair
    • Lots of drug busts, medical weed
    • Tsunami means lots of kids to feed.
    • School shootings, gun control
    • How low do we have to go?
    • Mortal Kombat, Doom and Quake
    • Liberman these games did shake
    • Columbine, 19 dead
    • Doom taught me to shoot for the head
    • IBM, Windows, DOS
    • Bill Gates is still the boss
    • Internet, google, plus and com
    • All those businesses did bomb
    • Jackie Chan, starred in “tux”
    • Grand theft auto, candy sucks
    • 50-cent booed off the stage, malcanrow, fits of rage
    • Michael Jackson, Neverland, touching kids, will it never end?
    • Tim McVeigh, Oklahoma, bombings, world trade center
    • Cell phones, hard rock, ozzfest, hitchcock
    • Al Gore, Nader, Arnold is the governator.
    • Martha Stewart, Scott Peterson
    • Michael Jackson, Eminem
    • Snoop Dog, Kobe Bryant They are all going to trial
    • Iraq, Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden
    • 9-11, Crude Oil, Saddam Hussien
    • Gas prices have gone insane
    • Lord of the Rings, Kill Bill,
    • Might as well take a sleeping pill
    • Conan, Jay, David Letterman they
    • All take control of the late night segment
  • Ev, Jesse and Dennis
    • Kerry, Bush, Michael Moore
    • Prelude to Iraqi war
    • Janet Jackson, bra malfunction
    • Spears, Madonna kiss injunction
    • Macintosh, Napster, Microsoft
    • Bit Torrent, Kazaa, Rip it off
    • Will we ever see revision?
    • Monster Garage, Survivor, Apprentice
    • Too much reality television
    • Trading Spaces redoes the floor
    • I can’t take it anymore
  • Links where you can find more information on the song and it’s many meanings: