Study Guide

In Dubious Battle Allusions

By John Steinbeck

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Karl Marx, Das Kapital (9)
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost (epigraph, 139). The epigraph is taken from PL I.101-109. On page 139, Sam tells another picketer that he is "king of hell, now" which refers to Satan's declaration that it is "Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven." (I.263)
  • Thomas More, Utopia (9)
  • The New Masses magazine (17)
  • Plato, Republic (9)
  • Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (197-198)
  • Who Killed Cock Robin? (135)

Historical References

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