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The Veldt

The Veldt


by Ray Bradbury

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

  • "Wonderland, Alice, the Mock Turtle" (72) are references to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) 
  • "Aladdin and his Magical Lamp" (72) are references to The Thousand and One Nights, a collection of medieval Arabic folk tales. We mostly know him from the Disney film.
  • "Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz" (72) is a character from L. Frank Baum's Oz books. He first appeared in 1904, in the second book in the series. 
  • "Dr. Doolittle" (72) is the guy who can talk to animals in Hugh Lofting's 1920 book, The Story of Doctor Doolittle.
  • "The cow jumping over a very real-appearing moon" (72) is from an old nursery rhyme.
  • "Pegasus" (72) is the flying horse of Greek myth.
  • "Tom Swift and his Electric Lion" (101) is a reference to the Tom Swift books. Tom Swift (or Tom Swift, Jr.) was a young inventor who made fabulous inventions that allowed him to have all sorts of adventures. Most of the books had titles like "Tom Swift and the ____," but there was never an electric lion. The book series began in 1910.
  • "Rima" (115, 141) is a wild girl of the jungle in the novel Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson (1904). 

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