can u please give me the example of a bibical allusion from literature, with explanation.

Asked by Apoorva | 12th Jun, 2015, 01:07: PM

Expert Answer:

Allusion can be defined as a figure of speech that makes a reference to an idea, incident or a story that existed in the past. Biblical allusions are such references made to the episodes of the bible or Jesus Christ's life in literary works. They can exist as a metaphor , idioms, phrases  or puns. 
 
In literature, the novel "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" the central character of Aslan the lion is a kind, gentle yet powerful character who sacrifices his life  for the greater good. He dies so that the kingdom of Narnia and the children are saved. Soon after, he returns from the dead as if he was ressurected (brought to life again). The character of Aslan is thus a reference to Jesus Christ. Christ had died for the sins of mankind. But he was resurrected after three days. The kingdom of Narnia is also a reference to the Garden of Eden.
 
Some phrases from the bible are used in English language as idioms and phrases.
Examples:
 
A good Samaritan - A person who does good deeds
"After being ignored by the onlookers, Mr. Sharma was taken to the hospital by a good Samaritan"
 
To cast pearls before swine- To give something valuable to those who can't appreciate it.
"To give Bob 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' is like casting pearls before swine.
 

Answered by Sandhya Raghavan | 12th Jun, 2015, 05:15: PM

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