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
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (7.1)
- Deuteronomy 12:23: "The blood is the life" (11.54)
- Lord Byron, Don Juan (15.1)
- William Shakespeare, King Lear : "That way madness lies!", Act 2, Scene 4, line 21 (17.43)
Historical and Geographical References
- Bistritz is a town in northern Romania (1.1)
- The British Museum is a famous museum in London that houses treasures from around the world. It also has a famous reading room where anyone can go to study. (1.2)
- Jack Sheppard was a housebreaker in the early eighteenth century who became a folk hero because his many spectacular escapes from prison. (8.39)
- Stoker associates this racial stereotype with the Adelphi Theatre, a London theatre that was a rival of the Lyceum, where he worked as a business manager. (26.27)
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