Samuel Johnson's Allusion

Topics: William Shakespeare, Oxford English Dictionary, Literature Pages: 1 (255 words) Published: November 4, 2012
Samuel Johnson
Allusion: “Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.” –Dr. Johnson This allusion was used to show that Montag faces an organization/government that does its best to limit knowledge.  If knowledge is limited, then force becomes the more powerful of these. The allusion also shows that Montag is weak and will remain that way if he doesn't try to accomplish getting more knowledge. Samuel Johnson is perhaps the most quoted of English writers, after William Shakespeare. Johnson was born in Litchfield, Staffordshire, England, in 1709. He was deaf in the left ear, almost blind in the left eye, and dim of vision in the right eye. He also had a left scar tissue which disfigured his face, as did a later childhood bout with small-pox. In October, 1728, having just turned nineteen, Johnson entered Pembroke College, Oxford. His mother had inherited a lump sum which was enough to pay for a year at Oxford, and he had a prospect of further aid. But the prospect fell through, and after one year Johnson was forced to drop out of Oxford. He wrote and published various literary works. On April 15, 1755, Samuel Johnson published his two-volume Dictionary of the English Language. It wasn't the first English dictionary (more than 20 had appeared over the preceding two centuries), but in many ways it was the most remarkable.
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