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Tevye the Dairyman

Tevye the Dairyman


by Sholem Aleichem

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

  • The Torah—every page of each story
  • The Midrash (rabbinical commentaries on verses from the Torah)—every page of each story

Historical References

  • Russian Constitution of 1906—7.1
  • The Bialystok Pogrom of 1906—7.2
  • Turn of the 20th Century Revolutionary Movement in Russia—(5.98-99)

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