Use Of Allusion – harvest of corruption

Use of allusion in harvest of corruption

There are few cases of allusion in the play. An allusion is an explicit or indirect reference to what has happened elsewhere, either in history, the Bible, myths and legends, the gods, etc for purposes of association or comparison. On page 14 of the play, Chief surrenders to Madam Hoha’s request to cater for her welfare with “I am not ready for another Biafran war this evening ooo!” This is a reference to the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War of 1967-70. After Aloho has become pregnant and is advised by Ogeyi to go back to the village to consult with her mother, she refers to herself as “prodigal daughter” (p. 87). It is a reference to the Bible, the story of the “prodigal son” who lavishes his father’s welfare and goodwill before deciding to go back to the house. Another reference to the Bible is the Judge’s assertion that “the wages of sin is death” (p. 114) though he says he is not sure if the death “is a physical or spiritual one” (p. 114). Similarly, echoing Christ in the Bible, the Judge refers to people like Chief as those “who dress in sheep clothing when actually they are wolves” (p. 117).

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