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The Tempest

The Tempest

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.

Shakespeare's shout-outs to, um, Shakespeare

Literature and Mythology

  • Virgil, The Aeneid – Virgil presents the Widow Dido in the story of Dido and Aeneas (2.1)
  • Ceres' loss of Persephone to Pluto in Roman mythology (4.1.89)

Historical References

  • Montaigne, "Of Cannibals" (2.1)
  • A Discovery of the Bermudas, Otherwise Called the Isle of the Devils, a travel log from Bermudas (1.2)
  • "The great globe itself" (a reference to the Globe Theater) (4.1)

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