Allusion - A reference of something, (usually a well known literary work, person, movies, or artwork, events, places) to add meaning and detail. NOT retelling the story.

Allusion- A figure of speech that makes a reference or representation of or to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work or art.


Examples
  • “Gnomeo & Juliet” to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
  • Taylor Swift’s Love Story to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
  • Example used in Period Five “Coleman was Michael Jordan yesterday at the basketball game” alluding to how well Michael Jordan plays.
  • “That game was as intense as the Olympics” Alluding to the event the Olympics.


Two Allusion’s in Taylor Swift’s Love Story:

  1. Romeo and Juliet
  2. Scarlet Letter (<-- Don't focus on this though!)

Steps to Take to finding the meanign of an Allusion:
  1. Find the Allusion
  2. Explain the Allusion
  3. What is the purpose of the Allusion? What does it help explain?

    M
    ost Commonly Alluded Things:
  4. Literary Work
    1. Bible
    2. Mythology
    3. Famous Books or Plays
      1. Romeo and Juliet
  5. Famous People or Celebrities
    1. Movie Stars
    2. Sports Stars
    3. Singers
  6. Artowrk
    1. Mona Lisa
  7. Movie
  8. Event
    1. The Olympics
  9. Place

    Why Do Authors Use Allusions In Their Stories?
    They use Allusions in their work to add meaning and relate it back to a well known literary work (like the Bible, Mythology, or a famous story [ex. Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare]).
    Allows an author to make a powerful point without having to actually explain it. The author however assumes that the reader is familiar with the item being alluded to.
    Publisher use footnotes or side notes to help modern readers understand allusions that may no longer be common knowledge.


    There is a Difference!
    An “allusion” is not the same as an “illusion”.

So far we have brainstormed some working definitions of what an allusion is. Based on what we talked about so far, here are some things to remember about an allusion:
  • allusion - a figure of speech that makes a reference or representation of or to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
  • An allusion allows an author to make a powerful point without having to actually explain it.
  • When using an allusion, the author assumes that the reader is familiar with the item being alluded to.
  • An allusion is ineffective if the reader is not familiar with the item being alluded to.
  • Publishers use footnotes or side notes to help modern readers understand allusions that may no longer be common knowledge.
  • An "allusion" is not the same as an "illusion".

Read more:
http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/22730.aspx#ixzz1DzLi9mwu




Here are some things you brainstormed yesterday about “Romeo and Juliet” plus a few of my own additions:

  • Romeo and Juliet is a play by William Shakespeare about two teenagers that fall in love.
  • Romeo and Juliet are forbidden from seeing on another by their families.
  • Their families are enemies.
  • Romeo and Juliet have to sneak around in order to see each other without their parent’s knowing.
  • Juliet confesses her love of Romeo to him from her bedroom balcony.
  • They plan to marry secretly.
  • Juliet drinks a medicinal potion to help her fake her own death, which is all part of the plan to be able to marry Romeo.
  • The plan changes from the original version, but Romeo never gets the message. He thinks Juliet is actually dead.
  • Distraught over the thought of living without her, Romeo kills himself.


PRACTICE \/ \/ \/ \/




What is at least one allusion to Romeo and Juliet in each example?
Based on what you know about Romeo and Juliet, please explain the allusion.
What is the purpose of the allusion? What does the allusion help you understand about the example?
Twilight excerpts
Bella questions whether she should give Jacob a chance or continue to pursue her “fickle Romeo.”
Romeo is Juliet’s true love. She falls in love with him and does not want to be with anyone else even though her family disapproves.
Because Bella refers to Edward as her Romeo we can infer that Bella is truly in love with Edward, but she is struggling with the decision to give Jacob a chance or continue to pursue her “Romeo” (Edward).
Love Story” by Taylor Swift

Read over the lyrics.



Gnomeo and Juliet trailer