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Number the Stars

Number the Stars


by Lois Lowry

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 Biblical References

  • Psalm 147:4 (the title, 10.34, 10.36)
  • The Bible (10.32, 10.40)
  • Hans Christian Andersen (2.2) 
  • Hans Christian Andersen, "The Little Mermaid" (2.3)
  • Gone With the Wind (4.1, 4.26, 4.29)
  • Thor (8.4)
  • "Little Red Riding-Hood" (referenced throughout Chapter 14)

Historical References

  • World War II, referenced throughout
  • The [Danish] Resistance, referenced throughout
  • King Christian of Denmark, referenced throughout
  • The Nazis, referenced throughout
  • Kronborg Castle (6.54)
  • G.F. Duckwitz (Afterword.9)
  • Kim Malthe-Bruun (Afterword.15-16)

Pop Culture References

  • De Frie Danske (The Free Danes)
  • (1.53, 1.54, 16.23) 

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