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Agatha Christies Use of Literary Allusions There She Weaves by Night and Day a Magic Web With Colours Gay Classic nursery rhymes great poetry Shakespearean plays and modern drama all contribute to the intricate web of mystery that Agatha Christie wove in her many works The meshing of literary allusions and several interwoven plots actively involve the reader and maintain the books suspenseful atmosphere Famous for her misdirection of readers through foreshadowing dialogue and pointless implications her techniques captivate and force the reader to think along a certain path while the murderer stays out of suspicion Because of these techniques Christie became internationally successful Her books have been translated into more languages than any of Shakespeares plays Her books have sold over one hundred million copies throughout the world Yaffe Internet Christies use of literary allusions begins with the titles of her novels and short stories Her title By The Pricking of My Thumbs suggests supernatural evil by suggesting the witches from Shakespeares Macbeth How Does Your Garden Grow One Two Buckle My Shoe Fiddlers Three and Hickory Dickory Death all suggest childish recitations with a chilling twist Miller Internet The loss of Tennysons heartwrenching poem The Lady of Shalott is encountered in The Mirror Cracked From Side to Side This title comes directly from a line of Tennysons poem Mirror 53 Cover her face mine eyes dazzle she died young Sleeping 17 These words are spoken at the climax of John Websters dramatic play The Duchess of Malfi In the play a man coldly speaks these words over the corpse of the sister that he has just murdered These words are also a vital clue in Sleeping Murder one of Agatha Christies most intense mysteries In this book a woman watching this play is horrified when the murderer calmly speaks these words on stage The quote causes the woman to recall after twenty years a grotesque event that she
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