Study Guide

Henry VI Part 2 Allusions

By William Shakespeare

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Henry VI, Part 1: the claim to the throne is discussed in 1.1 in the previous play (1.1)
  • Henry VI, Part 1: taxation in 5.5.93 is commented on when Henry strikes the deal with France (1.1.133)
  • Henry VI, Part 1: war that York fought in 4.3 is referenced (1.2)
  • Aeneid: quote from 1.2 (2.1.24); referenced (5.2) 
  • Bible: reference to Luke 4:23 (2.1) 
  • Ascanius: Aeneas's son (3.2)
  • Iris (3.2) 
  • Telephus (5.1) 
  • Medea (5.2)

Historical and Religious References

  • Henry V (1.1) 
  • Ceres (1.2) 
  • Dolphin: Dauphin Charles (1.3)
  • Satan: called "Asmath" (1.4)
  • Pythian Apollo: his ambiguous response to Pyrrhus is given (1.4) 
  • Jesus Christ (3.2) 
  • Sylla, the Roman dictator (4.1) 
  • Richard II: called "a guiltless king" (4.1) 
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero (4.1) 
  • Pompey the Great (4.1) 
  • Rene of Naples: called Neapolitan (5.1)

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