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The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
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 Manichaeism (1.3.2) Hotspur in William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 (1.3.3, 5.7.1) Daniel Defoe, (1.3.23) The History of the Devil Aesop’s Fables (1.3.27) Jeremy Taylor, ‘ Holy Living and Dying’: The Rule and Exercise of Holy Living (1.3.25) John Bunyan, (1.3.27, 1.5, 1.11, 4.1) Pilgrim’s Progress Virgil, Aeneid (1.3.80) Cicero, (1.3.80) De Senectute Oliver Goldsmith, (1.4.13) An History of the Earth and Animated Nature Samuel Richardson, (1.4.23) Sir Charles Grandison Alsatia in Sir Walter Scott’s (1.8.16) The Fortunes of Nigel Ulysses (Odysseus) and Nausicaa in Homer's Odyssey (1.9.47) William Pinnock, (1.11.17) Catechism of Geography William Wordsworth's : "familiar with forgotten years" (1.12.2) The Excursion Sophocles, (1.13.12) Oedipus the King Captain Swing (2.1.5) Aristotle (2.1.10) The Eton Latin Grammar (2.1.10) Sophocles, (2.6.19) Philoctetes Homer (3.32) Sir Walter Scott (4.3.34, 35) Lucy Bertram from Walter Scott’s (3.5.64) Guy Mannering Sappho, Greek poet (3.5.74) Francois de Salignac de la Motte-Fenelon, Telemaque (4.3.34) Euclid (2.1.10, 4.3.34, various throughout book 2) The Spectator (4.3.34) Rasselas in Samuel Johnson, (4.3.34) The Prince of Abissinia: A Tale John Keble, (4.3.37)Thomas a Kempis, The Christian Year (4.3.37, various) The Imitation of Christ Sir Walter Scott, (5.1.47) The Pirate Hecuba and Hector in Homer's Iliad (5.2.1) Madame de Stael, (5.4.2, various) Corinne Sophia Western in Henry Fielding, (6.6.6) Tom Jones William Shakespeare, (6.6.5) Hamlet Buckland’s Treatise (6.2.85) Biblical References Mythological References Medusa, Greek mythology (1.10.1) Historical References
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