How is "Nicholas Ridley" an allusion in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451?
An allusion is a reference to a well-known person, place, work of art, idea, etc., that the audience is hopefully able to relate to through foreknowledge, to find similarities when used in a comparison. (If the allusions is too vague, it is not effective.)
Before Henry VIII of England died, he had severed all ties with the Catholic Church in Rome and created his own religion—a Protestant faith, called the Anglican church—partly because he wanted a divorce. Eventually Henry's daughter, Mary, by his first wife Catherine of Aragon (who he had divorced, and who was a staunch Roman Catholic) came to the throne. Like her mother, she was also a supporter of the Catholic Church, but she was rabid in...
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