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Allusion in David Copperfield

Allusion Examples in David Copperfield:

Chapter 1 - I Am Born

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"the Ghost in Hamlet..."   (Chapter 1 - I Am Born)

This is an allusion to the ghost of Hamlet's murdered father who appears in Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

"Davy who?' said the gentleman. 'Jones?..."   (Chapter 2 - I Observe)

This is an allusion to a supernatural being, Davy Jones, who in sailors' folklore is a devil that lures sailors' to their deaths or wrecks their ships. Davy Jones's locker is an idiom for the bottom of the sea; being consigned to Davy Jones's locker is a euphemism for a sailor's dying by drowning.

"Lazarus was raised up from the dead..."   (Chapter 2 - I Observe)

This is an allusion to the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Bible that recounts a miracle performed by Jesus when he restored Lazarus to life after Lazarus had died and been in his tomb for four days.  

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