Allusions In Madama Butterfly

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cigarette and hummed a bit from “Madama Butterfly” ” (23). To explain, Madama Butterfly is a very famous play based off a situation where the audience didn’t know the full picture, and so the use of this allusion prompts readers to second guess what they know. Similarly, just before General Zaroff goes off to bed, he heads to his library to read, “In his library he read, to soothe himself, from the works of Marcus Aurelius”(24). Perhaps, Zaroff enjoys Marcus Aurelius’ views on life because in a way it justifies his own views. Connell adds tension to his story using allusions; and the use of these allusions hint to something more than what is on the pages. Connell gives the readers a lot more information that what is actually on the pages, if
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