TKAM Allusion Project: Allusion 1

By: Devin Gims

Meaning/Significance of allusion

Stonewall Jackson is a confederate general during the Civil war. In To Kill a Mockingbird "Stonewall Jackson came around by- I beg your pardon,young folks. Ol' Blue Light was heaven then, God rest his saintly brow." One of South's most successful generals during the Civil War. He was accidentally shot by his own men .

Why Harper Lee chose this allusion

In chapter 9 it says "Tell you Atticus," Cousin Ike would say, "the Missouri Compromise was what licked us, but if I had to go through it agin I'd walk every step of the way there an' every step back jist like i did before an' futhermore we'd whip 'em this time.. Now in 1824, when Stonewall Jackson came around by-i beg your pardon, young folks. Ol' Blue Light was heaven then, God rests saintly brow...." i think Harper Lee chose this because she wants to give Information to the reader.

Effect of Allusion on the reader

This Allusion gives the reader a little background information on The Missouri Compromise and Stonewall Jackson. This has a positive effect on the reader and some informational impact.

Allusion 2


Lord Melbourne was Queen Victoria's first prime Minister. He had a reputation of being a "ladies man". In chapter 9, Uncle Jack tries to share with Scout when Scout asked him what was a whore-lady.He tries to share a story about a character who is morally in question.

Why Harpe Lee chose this

Harper Lee used this allusion because on page 87 it says Reference to the British Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (1834-1841) (similar to the US Secretary of State) and the House of Commons, one of the legislative chambers of the government (similar to the US House of Representatives). He was known to pluck feathers from his seat cushion and blow them in the air to express his boredom at delegations proposing educational reform; he did not believe that education could improve behavior, and he wholly encouraged parents to send their children to work since education would do no good. Melbourne began his term as Prime Minister in the midst of a rebellion among the British working class, during which many of them were killed. Could also possibly allude to Rudyard Kipling's poem "If," which begins, "If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you," as a characterization of Atticus and his decision to take the Robinson case.

Effect on the reader

The effect it gives on the reader is that it gives them like an imagination to what Uncle Jack is saying.The effect is kind of imagination which means the reader can imagine what they want

Works Cited

Allusion 1:

Website: Lee, Harper. "STONEWALL JACKSON Used in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD."STONEWALL JACKSON Used in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Warner Books,INC, June-July 1960. Web. 24 May 2016

Book:Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott,1960. Print.

Website:Lee, Harper. "Allusions." Allusions. Sara, 2 Nov. 2004. Web. 24 May 2016.

Allusion 2:

Website: Bloomingdale, Alex. "What Is Uncle Jack's Reference to Lord Melbourne About? | ENotes.", 2005. Web. 24 May 2016.

Book: Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Lippincott,1960. Print.

Website: Connell, Jennifer. "TKAM Allusions." Mrs. Connell -. N.p., 16 July 2007. Web. 24 May 2016.