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by Kurt Vonnegut
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 " Eheu, fugaces laburuntur anni," Latin quote from Horace: " Alas, our fleeting years pass away" (1.9.1) , Charles Mackay (1.12.1) Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds , Mary Endell (1.12.10) Dresden, History, Stage, and Gallery Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1.12.14) , Theodore Roethke (1.20.1) Words for the Wind Céline and His Vision, Erika Ostrovsky (1.20.1-3) , Louis Ferdinand Céline (1.20.3) Death on the Installment Plan The Gideon Bible (1.21.1-5) Martin Luther (2.12.1) (2.24.3, 2.31.10, 2.32.2) The Three Musketeers , William Bradford Huie (2.27.2) The Execution of Private Slovik , Jacqueline Susann (5.2.1) Valley of the Dolls , Stephen Crane (5.18.2) Red Badge of Courage The Brother's Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky (5.21.1) The New Testament (5.30.5) Scheherazade, from (5.49.1) One Thousand and One Arabian Nights Kin Hubbard, playwright (5.56.2) The land of Oz from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (6.17.3) Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott (8.11.3) , David Irving (9.5.1) The Destruction of Dresden George Jean Nathan, critic (9.24.1) Norman Mailer, author and playwright (9.33.1) , Harriet Beecher Stowe (9.33.1) Uncle Tom's Cabin Historical References The firebombing of Dresden The atomic bombing of Hiroshima (1.6.3, 9.4.4, 9.4.8-13) Nazi concentration camps (1.6.3) The Children's Crusade (1.11.2, 5.27.9) George Washington (1.13.1) The Civil War (2.27.2) Earl Warren (3.5.2) Green Berets, Vietnam (3.14.1, 5.45.9, 5.46.1, 5.51.9, 9.8.2) Sir Isaac Newton and the Third Law of Motion (4.12.1) Battle of Dunkirk (5.27.1) Queen Elizabeth I of England (5.45.10) Christopher Columbus (5.45.10) President John F. Kennedy (5.49.2) Napoleonic times (1803-1815) (5.57.2) Hill 875 near Dakto, Vietnam (5.65.2) Ronald Reagan (9.1.3) Ira C. Eaker, Lieutenant General, U.S.A.F. (9.5.1) British Air Marshal Sir Robert Saundby (9.5.1) Charles Darwin, British naturalist (10.2.1) Cultural and Pop Culture References "My name is Yon Yonson" children's song (1.2.4) Harrison Starr, director (1.2.7-12) , comic strip (1.3.16) Mutt and Jeff New York World's Fair (1.9.1, 1.13.1) John Wayne (1.10.18) Frank Sinatra (1.10.18) Walt Disney (1.13.1) "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," hymn (2.12.1) Johann Sebastian Bach (2.12.1) The Iron Maiden of Nuremberg (2.17.4) Louis Daguerre (2.23.2) André Le Fèvre (2.23.2-4) , painted by Leonardo da Vinci (3.8.1) Mona Lisa "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here," Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan (5.11.7) Cinderella (5.15.2, 5.53.4, 5.55.2, 6.11) , American painting by Archibald MacNeal Willard (6.9.1) The Spirit of '76 " Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nelly," popular song (7.4.1) " That Old Gang of Mine," popular song (8.14.1) "'Leven Cent Cotton, Forty Cent Meat," popular song (8.19.2)
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