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Allusion in Babbitt

Allusion Examples in Babbitt:

Chapter XXXII

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"you raised Cain..."   (Chapter XXXII)

The phrase “to raise Cain” alludes to the biblical story of Cain and his brother, Abel, whom Cain murdered for his own gain. Consequently, it means to unsettle order through acts of mischief or violence. Though it often carries a negative connotation, Ted clearly admires his father’s actions.

"hotter 'n the hinges of Hades!..."   (Chapter XXXIII)

The word “Hades,” though originating in Greek myth, is used here to describe the Christian hell, which is typically portrayed as a fiery residence for immoral people. It was thought that hell had metal gates, which would be heated from the internal fire’s warmth.

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