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  1. 1. What’s going on here? Friends, New Yorkers, students! Lend me your ears. He was the Lennie to my George, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Her dog is as ugly as a Bugger.
  2. 2. Allusion <ul><li>definition: allusion means a reference to a work of literature, art, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>it is a meaningful reference </li></ul><ul><li>almost all allusions are made to works which belong to a canon – that is, a group of works which are near-universally known – because: </li></ul><ul><li>allusion requires prior knowledge of the work referenced in order to understand what is being said. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ex. the phrase “He was a real Scrooge” has no meaning for someone who doesn’t know “A Christmas Carol” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>works frequently alluded to include the Bible, epic poems, classic plays </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why allude? <ul><li>One reason: it gives authority to a written work. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you allude in your writing, it shows your reader that you are knowledgeable about other works of literature, and able to work them into your writing in a seamless way </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Another reason: it links two texts together. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ex. If you want to portray a pair of lovers as tragic, referencing them as ‘a true Romeo and Juliet’ causes readers to recall Shakespeare’s tragedy and gives authority to your piece of writing – you know what you’re talking about when it comes to tragic lovers. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Allusion in MLK <ul><li>many Biblical allusions, which demonstrate King’s consideration for his audience; also lent divinity to his purpose </li></ul><ul><li>How do you recognize allusion if you don’t get the reference? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for clues: if an author references a phrase or name but does not explain further, it may be an allusion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A good reason to become familiar with great works of literature, but also: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank goodness for the Internet! </li></ul></ul>