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Literary Terms Analysis with Examples 1 Allusion An allusion describes a famous literary figure or historical event In an allusion the author of a literary work refers to a well-known episode from a book or occasion Thus the two things most often alluded to in literature the two greatest known literary works deal with Shakespeares plays and the New Testament Examples In modern-day literature George Orwell alludes to the Evil Empire in his book Animal Farm Orwell was a visionary-only years later would the world come to see that the Iron Curtain Stalin had created formed an Evil Empire which spawned half of Europe some of Asia much of Latin America and some parts of Africa In Animal Farm Orwell exposes the reasons why communism does not work-explaining that in a totalitarian state with a dictator and several puppets or a group of dictators power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely And so in his unpopular satirical allusion to the Soviet Union which was the goal of his book Orwell explained what would only be seen by the public a decade later In The Unvanquished Faulkner refers to homemade Jordan-as the blacks believe that when they cross the river they will crossing the river Jordan and getting into the Promised Land while all that they are crossing is a simple river and they will still be in the same state they are in The allusion Faulkner makes is to the bible where the people cross the River Jordan to get into the Promised Land 2 Ambiguity explains a situation in which the effect produced by literary work makes the reader aware of different interpretations It uses words or phrases with multiple meanings to achieve a state where the reader sees a vague idea-which he can take to mean different things Example In The Chocolate War Cormier says that for no reason at all he Jerry thought of Gregory Bailey In this passage Cormier does not explain
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