Study Guide

Mortal Engines Allusions

By Philip Reeve

Allusions

Historical References

  • MEDUSA is obviously a reference to that famous Gorgon with the stony gaze (referenced throughout) 
  • Hester's mom, Pandora, is a reference to the girl with the box (6.16) (27.9)

Pop Culture References

  • Disney's Pluto and Mickey Mouse (1.18)
  • Airsperanto is a reference to actual little-spoken language Esperanto (10.37)
  • The airship My Shirona is named after the one-hit-wonder (12.1)
  • There's a character named Walmart Strange (31.7). 'Nuff said.