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Allusion in The Tempest

Allusion Examples in The Tempest:

Act I - Scene II

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"Chanticleer..."   (Act I - Scene II)

This is an allusion to the rooster Chanticleer whose origins are in fairy tales. Chaucer made Chanticleer even more popular in English stories in The Canterbury Tales.

"No wonder, sir, But certainly a maid...."   (Act I - Scene II)

Miranda and Ferdinand both initially mistake each other for spirits—Miranda hasn't ever seen a human male besides her old father, and Ferdinand thinks Miranda is so beautiful that she can't possibly be a human woman. Shakespeare alludes to Aeneas's first glimpse of Venus disguised as a girl when he was shipwrecked at Carthage.

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