Biblical allusion: In the New Testament, Jesus says that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a right man to enter heaven. … More No. 12: The Eye of the Needle
Once again, in addition to character archetype this week, I’ve also included an allusion. This time it’s to the patter song “Modern Major General” from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan. This song is a great example of irony – one would expect the major general to be well versed in military tactics, … More No. 10: Educated Stupidity
The Literary Stick No. 7: Damsel in Distress? So two things are happening in today’s comic. One: I’m telling you about the character archetype of the damsel in distress. And B: I’m also giving you an example of an allusion. Let’s start with the damsel in distress. In old old literature, she’s essentially a girl … More No. 7: Damsel in Distress?
Here is a situation where context is super important. When an archetype (whether it be nature, or number, or color) could stand for more than one thing, what’s occurring in the story (as well as a reader’s prior knowledge) determines how that archetype is interpreted. Where have you seen snakes in literature?