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The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion


by Nancy Farmer

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 Religious References

  • Genesis (the Bible) (1.1)
  • Little House series (2.1)
  • Pedro el Conejo (Peter Rabbit) (2.16)
  • Señor MacGregor, character in Peter Rabbit (2.16)
  • Virgin of Guadalupe (2.80)

Historical and Cultural References

  • El Dorado (18.63)
  • Saint Francis (16.18)
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (37.65)

Pop Culture References

  • El Latigo Negro, 1958 movie (9.9)
  • El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead (35.39)

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