Allusion and Hamartia


In today’s newspaper, the Mutts comics had an animal place kicking a football and she said “that was for you, Charlie Brown” (McDonnell). This is an allusion  because you need to be familiar with the Peanuts comic on Thanksgiving to get the joke. Without this knowledge, a reader would be unable to derive any meaning from the comic and would have wasted their time reading it since it wouldn’t be funny.

“We need to work in Google’s ‘world of numbers,’ but we also need to be able to retreat to Sleepy Hollow.” (Carr 168)



“Why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do’, Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means, to do’t.” (Shakespeare 95). This shows Hamlet’s fatal flaw because he is talking to himself about how he always has things to do and never does them. In other words, his inaction leads to his eventual demise since Claudius gets Hamlet killed before Hamlet brings himself to kill Claudius.

“After this, [Samson] loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah” (Judges, 191)


Works Cited

Carr, Nicholas G. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. New York:           W.W. Norton, 2010. Print.

Judges. Revised Standard Version. Second Catholic Ed. San Francisco: Ignatius,                  2001. Print.

McDonnell, Patrick. “Mutts.” The Eagle [College Station] 7 Feb. 2016: n. pag. Print.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet and Related Readings. New York: Glencoe/McGraw-            Hill. 2000. Print.


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