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Allusion. English II Lebanon High School. Allusion. Allusion : a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art. Allusion versus Illusion. Do not confuse all usion with the word ill usion.

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English II

Lebanon High School


  • Allusion: a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art.

Allusion versus illusion
Allusion versus Illusion

  • Do not confuse allusion with the word illusion.

    • An illusion is something that gives a false sense of reality (Think David Blaine) .

Examples of allusion
Examples of Allusion

  • As the cave’s roof collapsed, he was swallowed up like Jonah.

    • Who is Jonah and what happened to him?

Examples of allusions
Examples of Allusions

  • Jonah was a biblical figure that was swallowed by a whale and then spit out; this saved his life.

  • Why would the speaker use this allusion?

  • How does it help you to better understand his or her point?

Examples of allusions1
Examples of Allusions

  • Sandy didn’t like to spend money. She was no Scrooge or anything, but she only bought the bare necessities.

  • Who was Scrooge, and where did we meet him?

Examples of allusions2
Examples of Allusions

  • Scrooge was a character in A Christmas Carol, a novel by Charles Dickens.

  • When you call someone a “Scrooge”, what are you saying?

  • How does this help someone better understand what you are trying to say?

Examples of allusions3
Examples of Allusions

  • Listen to and follow along with the lyrics to this popular Byrds’ song…

  • Can you recognize the allusion?

Turn turn turn the byrds
“Turn, Turn, Turn” The Byrds

  • To everything, turn, turn, turn

  • There is a season, turn, turn, turn

  • And a time for every purpose under heaven

  • A time to be born, a time to die

  • A time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal

  • A time to laugh, a time to weep

  • A time to build up, a time to break down A time to dance, a time to mourn

  • A time to cast away stones A time to gather stones together A time of love, a time of hate

  • A time of war, a time of peace

  • A time you may embrace A time to refrain from embracing

  • A time to gain, a time to lose

  • A time to rend, a time to sew A time of love,

  • a time of hate A time of peace,

  • I swear it's not too late


  • It is an allusion to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8…

    • And a time for every matter under heaven:A time to be born, and a time to die;A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;A time to kill, and a time to heal;A time to break down, and a time to build up;A time to weep, and a time to laugh;A time to mourn, and a time to dance;A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;A time to seek, and a time to lose;A time to keep, and a time to throw away;A time to tear, and a time to sew;A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;A time to love, and a time to hate,A time for war, and a time for peace.