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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Allusions in Toni Morrison's Beloved

Homework for Monday:

1. Research the following list. Sum up each character or topic in one or two sentences.


  • Jocasta
  • Aphrodite
  • River Styx
  • River Jordan
  • Washing feet
  • Four horsemen
  • Verse quoted at beginning of novel
2. For each of the above topics, find a quote in the novel that you think might refer to it. 

3. For each quote, write a few sentences answering the following questions:
  • What part of the earlier text is referenced? How is the earlier story re-imagined and put to new uses
  • What effect does each allusion have? 
  • How do the allusions as a whole influence the theme or characterization?

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