Allusions - AP LIT
Terms in this set (45)
Person's area of particular vulnerability.
A pound of flesh
Describe someone's insitence of being repaid, even if it'll destroy or harm the debtor.
Hinduism. Something that cannot be harmed or interfered with.
Crossing the rubicon
Historical - To take an irreversible step often involving some danger.
Pearls before swine
Biblical - to offer something precious to someone unable to appreciate
Once in a blue moon
Language - something that occurs rarely.
Literary - narrow minded prudish person.
To show false sympathy for someone.
Greek mythology- Temptations
Read the riot act
Historical - To issue a stern warning of severe consequences.
30 pieces of silver/betrayed with a kiss
Biblical - payment received for an act of treachery
Greek Mythology - extremely complex problem solving in quick manner
Secluded/isolated from reality.
All that glitters is not gold
Proverb - appearances can be deceptive
Sound and fury
Shakespeare - passionate but unimportant uproar.
Icarus/Fly too close to the sun
Mythology - fail to be destroyed due to lack of caution or excessive ambition
Bread and circuses
Roman - policies designed to keep people happy and deflect concern
Deus ex Machina
A surprising turn of events that makes things turn out alright. Convenient.
Mythology - to be offered something desirable but untouchable
Some people are unaware of the necessity of unpleasantnries and need to be located away from where we live. (Prison)
To suffer an ultimate defeat.
The emperors new clothes
Falseness of something when people are afraid of pointing out the truth
Left handed compliment
Rude somehow but a "compliment"
Biblical - and idol that is of worthy or being worshipped but is.
Sword of demacoles
An awareness of impending danger.
A person who exercises excessive control over another person.
Conclusion that doesn't logically follow the norm
Has no use to owner.
Fiddle while Rome burns
To display indifference in the midst of danger
In medias res
Something that occurs abruptly in the middle of things.
Loaves and fishes
Biblical - a miraculous abundance in the face of seeming scarcity.
Greatest work produced by an artist
Wisdom of a person who sees everything. Or a two faced hipporcryte
A chip on ones shoulder
Inclined to fight
Rousseau from lost - not been corrupted by society
Biblical - a medium through which the voice of absolute authority speaks.
Obsessed w yoself
An excellent story teller
Skeleton in the closet
Unpleasant things about a person they want to keep hidden
15 min. Of fame
Someone who receives media attention for something fairly trivial.
Let the cat out of the bag
Let a secret out.
Unwisely chooses to look back. Of disobey a rule / command
Someone who predicts disaster and is disregarded.
An absurd no Win situation