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Absalom, Absalom! Allusions & Cultural References

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary References

  • Sir Walter Scott (3.15)
  • Arabian Nights (4.5)
  • Lothario (4.8)
  • Camelot (5.18)
  • Pyramus and Thisbe (6.8)
  • Faustus (6.10)
  • Oscar Wilde (6.29)
  • Fauntleroy (6.29)
  • Ben Hur (7.1)
  • Coke on Littleton (8.5)
  • Lancelot (8.10)

Historical References

  • General Sherman (4.18, 6.13)
  • General Lee (6.8)
  • George Washington (6.13)
  • Abraham Lincoln (6.13, 8.20)

Biblical References

  • Absalom (title)
  • Jehovah (4.11)
  • Moloch (5.3)
  • Beelzebub (6.10)
  • Lilith (6.29)
  • Ham (6.30)
  • Gethsemane (6.34)
  • Abraham (8.16)

Greek Mythology References

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