Explain the use of the allusions and the insight the reader gains from the author's use of the allusions. Please do any that you can. Thank you! :)
Consider why the writer chose this particular allusion and whether or not it was effective. If u didnt know the allusion how does knowing source and context increase ur understanding? Allusions are bolded.
"Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings." (page 4).
"Hasnt snowed since Appomattox. It's bad children like you make the seasons change." (page 87).
"Mr. Avery said it was written on the Rosetta Stone that children disobeyed their parents, smoked cigarettes, and made war on each other, the seasons would change." (page 85).
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An allusion is a brief reference to a specific person, place, thing, event or idea in a story, meant to imply a shared experience between the writer and reader. The result of a successful allusion can give added insight into the character or event that it refers to. In the examples above, the battle of Hastings (England) was an important Norman victory in 1066; the allusion infers that the family was not a terribly old or important one since its history could not be traced before this time. Appomattox refers to the location of the Confederate surrender that marked the end of the Civil War, still an unhappy event to many Southerners of the era. Like Appomattox, the snow was bad, and only bad children could have been responsible for this mistimed event. The Rosetta Stone was an ancient Egyptian tablet that included some of the earliest recorded language. The implication is that it was an age old doctrine that the seasons would change when children behaved badly.
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