Mythology Allusions
By Cody Madder & Emerald Blacwel

Allusion: a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication

2. Describe your alluded character?

  • What do they look like?
    • White hair
    • White Beard
    • Lightning Bolt in hand
    • Buff
    • Wearing a white robe and olive leaf crown
  • What is their power? Their purpose?
    • Jove was the god of the sky
    • Jove was king of the gods
    • Jove was known for having a lightning bolt like his Greek counterpart Zeus
    • He was known as the patron deity of the Roman state
  • What is their myth?
    • Jove (Jupiter) was the son of Ops and Saturn. Like in the Greek story Saturn ate all his children, but Ops hid Jove so that Jove could overthrow Saturn.
  • What symbols/rituals/festivals are associated with them?
    • Lightning Bolt
    • Bald Eagle

Why would Shakespeare choose to allude to your character?

Earlier in the play, Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick said, ¨The savage bull may, but if ever the sensible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull’s horns and set them in my forehead, and let me be vilely painted, and in such great letters as they write ‘Here is good horse to hire’ let them signify under my sign ‘Here you may see Benedick the married man.’ ¨ Then later in the play, Act 5 Scene 4 Page 3, Claudio states, ¨I think he thinks upon the savage bull.Tush, fear not, man. We’ll tip thy horns with gold, And all Europa shall rejoice at thee As once Europa did at lusty Jove When he would play the noble beast in love.¨

In the mythological Jove had turned into to a bull to lure Europa to him. But in the Shakespearean story, Benedick says in the beginning of the story that he would rather be a bull than to be married. Later in the story Claudio points out that he is a tamed bull of love, and how his ¨wife¨ would be happier with him as a domesticated bull than a undomesticated man.

4. EQ: How does the stories about your character relate to the theme of Conflict and Change in MAAN?

In MAAN, Hero was accused of cheating on Claudio. Some of the characters in the story thought this to be true and called her out on her wrongdoings, even though this wasn’t true this caused the story to change from the original happy ending to an ending where it takes them much longer to reach the happy ending. In many of the Jove stories he was cheating on his wife with many other women. This caused many conflicts with his wife and the women he had affairs with.


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