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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Analysis: Allusions

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 and Philosophical References

"God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (1.69)
One Thousand and One Nights (2.57)
"Valentine and Orson" (2.57)
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (2.59)
"Sir Roger de Coverley," a country dance (2.94)

Historical References

Workhouses for the poor (1.54)
The New Poor Law, passed in 1834 (1.55)

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