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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

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.

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

  • The Bible (All over the place in this novel)
  • Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote (3.4)
  • John Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come (17.58)
  • Thomas Kibble Hervey: Friendship's Offering, and Winter's Wreath (17.58)
  • William Shakespeare (20.14, 21.12)
  • William Shakespeare: Richard III (20.16, 20.24, 21.2, 12.11, 21.12)
  • William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (20.16, 20.21, 21.1, 21.12)
  • William Shakespeare: Hamlet (21.7, 21.8, 21.9, 21.11, 21.12)
  • William Shakespeare: King Lear (24.2)
  • William Shakespeare: Macbeth (21.11)

Historical References

  • Henry Clay (17.58)
  • Louis XVII of France (19.48)
  • Louis XVI of France (19.48, 40.42)
  • Marie Antoinette (19.48)
  • Charlemagne (19.49)
  • Christopher Columbus (21.16)
  • Henry VIII (23.24)
  • Charles II of England (23.24)
  • Louis XIV of France (23.24, 38.18)
  • Louis XV of France (23.24)
  • James II of England (23.24)
  • Edward II of England (23.24)
  • Richard III of England (23.24)
  • William IV of England (26.29)
  • William the Conqueror (37.49)
  • The Mayflower (37.49)
  • Lady Jane Gray (38.2)
  • Lord Gilford Dudley (38.2)

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