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Allusions and Intertextuality Essay

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– Bob Dylan is a famous singer-song writer and has been for five decades. His early lyrics incorporated a variety of political, social and philosophical, as well as literary influences. – In 2008, a Bob Dylan Pathway was opened in the singer’s honor in his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota. – Bob Dylan was refered to in the novel The Messenger when Ed was describing his bad his career was going at his age. “Ed Kennedy is 19 and very much aware of how little he has going for him. After all, both Salvador Dali and Bob Dylan were well on their way by the time they were his age. And also a song of Bob Dylans, ‘ The Hurricane ‘ was mentioned. Salvador Dali – Salvador Dali was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres. Dali was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work – In 1970 Salvador Dali released a book called ‘Dali’ declaring himself as being an anarchist and monarchist. – Just like Bob Dylan, Salvador was mentioned when Ed was talking about his career. Joan of Arc – Joan of Arc was is considered a national heroine of France and a Catholic saint.

She led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII. – She was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, tried by an ecclesiastical court, and burned at the stake when she was nineteen years old – Ed knows he’s achieved little in comparison to figures like Joan of Arc who was a saint and a warrior in her teens. Jimi Hendrix – Jimi was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in musical history and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. He achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. – Jimi Hendrix has been intertextualized when Ed talks about Ritchie. Rictchie has a tattoo of Jimi Hendrix on his right arm. Richard Pryor – Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful, vulgar and profane language, as well as racial epithets. – Pryor was listed at number one on Comedy Central’s list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians. – Rictchie has a tattoo of Jimi Hendrix on his right arm.

But everyone thinks it looks more like Richard Pryor. The Proclaimers – A band formed by identical twins, Charlie and Craig Reid, they are probably best known for the songs “Letter from America”, “I’m On My Way” and “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. – The band was one of The B-52s’ touring partners on their Funplex tour in Australia and New Zealand in November 2009. – The Proclaimers are first mentioned when Ed is searching through a record collect his dad gave him for The Proclaimers. The songs Two Scottish Nerds and Five Hundred Miles are mentioned. Paul Newman He was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money. – Newman was a co-founder of Newman’s Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. – Ed chose a movie staring Paul Newman to watch.

Sylvia Plath – Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. – Following a long struggle with depression and a marital separation, Plath committed suicide in 1963. ntroversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy. – One of Sylvia’s poems, ‘Barren Woman’ was mentioned briefly in this book. Her name was also writen on the Ace of Spades card for Ed and once he searched her three poems were listed. Graham Greene – Graham was an English author, playwright and literary critic. His works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. – Greene suffered from bipolar disorder which effected his writing and personal life. – Graham Greene’s name was on the Ace of Spades card for Ed.

It also lists ten books writen by Graham. Morris West – West was an Australian novelist and playwright, best known for his novels The Devil’s Advocate (1959), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), and The Clowns of God (1981). – His books were published in 27 languages and sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. Each new book he wrote after he became an established writer sold more than 1 million copies. – The Ace of Spades has three names writen on it, Graham Greene, Morris West, Sylvia Plath; they’re all famous writers. Audrey Hepbern She appeared in several European films before starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi. – She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1961. – Lee Marvin – Marvin was an American film actor. Known for his gravelly voice, white hair and 6′ 2″ stature, Marvin at first did supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers and other hardboiled characters. – Marvin won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Actor for his comic role in the offbeat western Cat Ballou starring Jane Fonda. – Ed searches a page and finds a movie starring Lee Marvin.