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by Joseph Conrad
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 "pilgrims in the valley," reference to Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan (5.1) Parsees, Zoroastrian sect (5.3) "sword [...] imaginative head," reference to the Greek myth of Damocles (8.15) "to bind and to lose," reference to Matthew 18:18 (8.16) "funny enough to make angels weep," reference to , William Shakespeare (9.1) Measure for Measure "one scolding desperately in a wilderness," reference to John 1:23 (18.7) "daily bread," allusion to The Lord's Prayer (19.1) "So halt' ich [...]" quote from Goethe's Tasso, which reads, "I hold it thus, at last, within my hands. And in an unambiguous sense can call it mine." (20.11) "my very young brother," reference to Genesis 4:9 (21.6) "snatched from the fire," reference to Jude 5:23 (27.7) "who once gives way [...]" quote from William Hazlitt (36.7) "who toys [...]" reference to Matthew 26:52 (36.8) Ramadan (43.4) Historical References Otto von Bismarck, Chancellor of the German Empire (2.8) German Empire (5.4) "Red rag," reference to the red ensign of the British Merchant Navy (5.10) "occupation days," reference to the French imperial presence in North Vietnam in the 1880s (6.9) "revolutionary movement of 1848," political uprising in France (20.3) James I of England (22.1) Bully Hayes, aka Captain William Hayes, noted pirate (38.1) Ben Pease, US Naval Officer who became a pirate (38.1) Spanish-American War (38.1) Geographic References Perim, island in the Red Sea (3.4) Wapping, London neighborhood (3.7) Suez Canal (10.24) Tower Hill and the Tower of London (14.1) Succadana, southwest Borneo (28.6) Clapham, London district (38.1)
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