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Little Women

Little Women

  

by Louisa May Alcott

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

  • Friedrich Heinrich Karl la Motte-Fouqué, Undine and Sintram (1.7, 22.6)
  • William Shakespeare (1.58, 10.26, 14.60, 33.61-63, 34.36)
  • William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1.59)
  • John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (1.80-90, 5.130-131, 22.36, 40.9)
  • The Bible (2.1-6, 33.61)
  • Charlotte M. Yonge, The Heir of Redclyffe (3.2)
  • Thomas Belsham (4.39)
  • Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield (4.41)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (4.65)
  • Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (5.5)
  • Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers (10.2)
  • John Milton (10.26, 33.61)
  • Susan Warner, The Wide, Wide World (11.17)
  • Plato (12.9, 33.61, 34.86-87)
  • Friedrich Schiller, Mary Stuart (12.132)
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (14.21, 14.23)
  • Frances Burney, Evelina (14.124)
  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (21.86)
  • Samuel Johnson, Rasselas (21.87)
  • Samuel Johnson, The Rambler (21.92-93)
  • William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (26.2)
  • John Keats (27.41)
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (31.30, 41.3)
  • Friedrich Schiller (31.30)
  • Hans Christian Andersen (33.57)
  • Homer (33.61)
  • Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus (34.4)
  • Samuel Johnson (34.42, 43.2)
  • Immanuel Kant (34.43)
  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (34.43)
  • Friedrich Schiller, The Death of Wallenstein (34.49-50)
  • Mary Martha Sherwood (34.71)
  • Maria Edgeworth (34.71)
  • Hannah More (34.71)
  • Charles Dickens (37.1)
  • Honoré de Balzac (37.65)
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Julie (La Nouvelle Héloise) (41.44)
  • Socrates (45.18, 47.14)

Historical References

  • Christopher Columbus (3.16, 12.36, 17.19)
  • Raphael (4.34)
  • Sir Francis Bacon (10.26)
  • Napoleon (12.86)
  • Rembrandt (26.3)
  • Rubens (26.3)
  • J. M. W. Turner (26.3)
  • Michelangelo (26.6)
  • the Pharaohs (27.4)
  • Cheops (27.15)
  • Johann Heinrich von Dannecker (31.30)
  • Madame de Stael (34.42)
  • Demosthenes (35.1)
  • Mozart (41.6, 41.11)
  • Mendelssohn (41.6)
  • Beethoven (41.6)
  • Bach (41.6)
  • François Bonnivard (41.44)
  • George Washington (45.47)

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