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AP Lit Allusions

First week of allusions
Achilles heel
S: Greek mythology
M: A vulnerable point
S: The hero Achilles was invincible to mortal wounds because his mother Thetis had dipped him as an infant into the magical waters of the River Styx which flows around Hades, the underworld. She held baby Achilles by the heel, and inevitably in the war against Troy, Achilles was killed by an arrow, which struck him in that one vulnerable spot
S: "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
M: something that causes deep concern or anxiety
S: The ancient mariner willfully shot an albatross and his crew punished him by tying it around his neck. The rest of the crew perished. The mariner finally realized the beauty of the creatures in the sea and blessed them, and then the albatross fell from his neck.
"All the World's a Stage"
S: Shakespeare's As You Like It
M: People play parts like actors on a stage
S: The duke and his men were exiled and while they were discussing their woes, Jaques, the dukes's attendant, remarks that all the world's a stage, and then explains the seven ages of a man's life with the concept of life as players on a stage.
Alpha and Omega
S: Bible
M: Beginning and end, everything, Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet.
S: In the Bible, Jesus says "I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."
Ancient Mariner
S: "The Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
M: Old sailor, a long and meandering story
S: The crew dies. The Mariner lives with a curse to live all the deaths of his crew through his eyes. After that, Death lifts the curse, but make shim walk the earth for eternity explaining his lesson.
S: The Bible
M: A person whose vanity is their downfall
Absalom is the third son of King David of Israel. He is considered to be the most handsome man in the kingdom. He has long flowing hair. He is known for rebelling against his father by declaring himself king, among other things, and in a battle he was caught in a tree by his hair and he was killed
S: Bible
M: 4 major plagues of humankind
S: St. John envisions the end of the world. War rides on a white horse, Pestilence on a red horse, Famine on a black horse, and Death on a pale horse.