Study Guide

Speaker for the Dead Allusions

By Orson Scott Card


Literary and Philosophical References

  • Adao (3.97)—in Portuguese, the Biblical Adam
  • Cain (17.455)
  • Eva (3.97)—in Portuguese, the Biblical Eve
  • Gospel of St. John (9.122, 16.6)
  • Gospel of Matthew 7:9 (14.59, 16.257)—The quote is, "What man among you, if his son asks for bread, gives him a stone?"
  • Occam's razor (3.5)—A philosophical principle that says that in the absence of other evidence, the simplest explanation is likely to be correct.
  • St. Paul (7.59-60)
  • Pinocchio (9.75)
  • Prospero (1.251)—A wise wizard in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
  • William Shakespeare, Richard II (12.54)—The quote is "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."
  • St. Stephen the Martyr (8.57-59)
  • Virgin Mary, or Blessed Virgin (17.465)

Historical References

  • Atahualpa (17.296)
  • John Calvin (first mention 2.13)
  • Martin Luther (first mention 2.13)
  • Francisco Pizarro (first mention 17.86)
  • Protestant Reformation (10.30)