TKAM Allusion Project

Olivia Catazaro, Due: 5/20/16, P.8

"Snipe Hunt"

The historical significance of this allusion is from an old-time joke. People would play a trick on someone by sending them on a search for something that doesn't exist, or by giving them an impossible task. In the book, the group of men who wanted to kill Tom Robinson, sent Heck Tate on a Snipe Hunt so he would not be there to stop them.


I think Harper Lee used this allusion in the book because it helps describe that there is no one else around to help Atticus. This allusion helps enhance my understanding of the text because it shows that Heck is gone and he will not be back for a long time.


" 'Called 'em off on a snipe hunt.' " (pg.172)

"WPA"

The historical significance of this allusion is from the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the president at the time, wanted to give everyone a chance to reshape their lives. One of his plans was the WPA; an organization that gave jobs to millions of people.


I think Harper Lee used this allusion in the book because it helps explain the struggles that people were going through at the time. This allusion helps enhance my understanding of the text because it shows how poor Bob Ewell was and how lazy he must be to get fired from an job organization that was ran by the government.


"... he was the only man I ever heard of who was fired from the WPA for laziness." (pg. 284)

Citations

"Snipe Hunt." The Free Dictionary. Farlex, n.d. Web. 18 May 2016.


"American Experience: TV's Most-watched History Series." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 19 May 2016.