Explain the use of the allusion and the insight the reader gains from the author's use of the allusions.Consider why the writer chose this particular allusion and whether or not it was effective....

Explain the use of the allusion and the insight the reader gains from the author's use of the allusions.

Consider why the writer chose this particular allusion and whether or not it was effective.

Allusions:

"As the county went by us, Jem gave Dill the histories and the general attitudes of prominent figures:Mr. Tensaw Jones voted the straight Prohibtion ticket." (page 212).

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In the United States, Prohibition, also known as The Noble Experiment, refers to the period from 1919 to 1933, during which the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption were banned nationally. It was voted upon and ratified as the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution as well. In 1933, it was repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment, largely due to pressures during the Great Depression. Prohibition was pushed for and supported by many religious and women's organizations. They saw the first decades of the 20th century as evidence of the lack of moral fiber in the country. They felt that increased alcohol consumption was a sign of decreased faith and morality in American society.

In the novel, the character of "Tensaw Jones" is revealed through those for whom he cast his votes. Anyone who votes a "straight" ticket is not necessarily considering the best candidates for the job- he/she is simply voting for everyone running in one party. Thus, we can gather that Mr. Tensaw Jones probably has strong religious/moral beliefs, & that he feels they come before all other issues. Lee most likely chose this allusion because it was relevant to the time period, and revealed something of the character's personality.

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