What is an example of allusion in To Kill a Mockingbird in Chapters 4-8?

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An allusion is a figure of speech that makes a reference to, or representation of, a place, event, literary work, myth, or work of art, either directly or by implication. There are many found in the text of To Kill a Mockingbird, and I have provided several examples from Chapters 4-8.

  • CHAPTER 4.  There is an allusion to the Rover Boys, a series of books for young readers of the 1930s; Hot Steams, a type of ghostly apparition; and the L&N Railroad.
  • CHAPTER 5.  The World War I Battle of the Marne is mentioned as is Confederate cavalry commander General Joe Wheeler.
  • CHAPTER 8.  The ancient Rosetta Stone is referenced in relation to Mr. Avery; the Civil War surrender site of Appomattox is mentioned; and another book series, Tom Swift, serves as an allusion.
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