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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

  

by Carson McCullers

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

  • Mark 1:16-20 (1.2.138-9)
  • Benedict de Spinoza (first reference 1.5.1)
  • Karl Marx (first reference 1.5.161)
  • William Shakespeare (first reference 1.5.161)
  • Doctor Samuel Johnson (2.1.31)
  • "The Vicar of Wakefield," Oliver Goldsmith (2.1.31)
  • Book of Luke, the Bible (2.3.82)
  • Booker T. Washington (2.6.14)
  • The Old Testament (2.7.52)
  • Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott (2.9.54)
  • Pantheism (2.11.33)

Historical References

  • "War in the Orient," Japan invading China in 1937 (1.2.28)
  • Christopher Columbus (1.2.79)
  • Thomas Edison (1.3.20)
  • Mussolini (1.3.20, 2.8.94)
  • Eugenics (1.5.32)
  • American Civil War (2.1.36)
  • Fascists (2.1.90, 2.9.29, various throughout)
  • Nazis (2.1.90, various throughout)
  • Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (2.1.14)
  • The Munich Pact between Chamberlain and Hitler (2.2.14)
  • Armistice of World War I (2.2.92)
  • Communist Party (2.4.26)
  • Joseph Stalin (2.4.26)
  • American Revolution (2.4.41, 2.8.32)
  • D.A.R., Daughters of the American Revolution (2.4.41)
  • Warden Lawes and Sing Sing prison (2.5.76)
  • The Scottsboro Trial (2.6.14)
  • George Washington Carver (2.6.14)
  • C.I.O., American labor union (2.7.6)
  • "Red Bolshevik" (2.12.27)

Pop Culture References

  • Dick Tracy (1.3.20)
  • Jeanette MacDonald, actress, 1930s (1.3.48)
  • Carole Lombard, actress (2.1.3, 2.9.15)
  • Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor (2.1.3)
  • Joe Louis, boxer (2.1.21)
  • Mountain Man Dean, wrestler (2.1.21)
  • Mozart (1.3.22, 2.1.85, various throughout)
  • Beethoven (2.1.127)
  • Beethoven's Third Symphony (2.1.127, various throughout as "the symphony")
  • "Just a Baby's Prayer at Twilight," song (2.2.94)
  • National Geographic (2.5.24, various throughout)
  • Mickey Mouse (2.7.79, 2.7.96-7)
  • Popeye (2.7.79, 2.7.97)
  • "K-K-K-Katie," song (2.8.89)
  • "Love's Old Sweet Song" (2.8.89)
  • Nehi (2.11.77)
  • Woolworth's ten-cent store (2.14.72)

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