Allusions in the novel
The hellhound is a type of supernatural dog in folklore. It represents the great hellish superpower. European people think that if someone stares into a hellhound’s eyes three times or more, that person will die. Hellhounds are often assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead. In the novel, hellhounds are assigned to protect Charlie’s daughter, Sophie. Hellhounds appear in part 2 of the novel, they fight with the darkness side monsters in order to protect Sophie. Since then, they are accompanying with Sophie all the day. They never left Sophie alone, if someone comes close to Sophie, they will warn them. In the novel, Sophie has some kind of power to kill people when she says “kitty”, and the hellhound appears. I think the author wants to transmit a signal of the role of Sophie. Sophie will play a big role in the novel, and she owns the power of hell.
After the birth of Sophie, Rachel dies. When a new birth follows a death, what does it mean? Rachel is also a character in the Bible, who has the same result of Rachel in the novel. They both died after had a birth. So, it might be an allusion to Rachel’s death. But I didn’t see any connection between these two characters. So, I have another idea of Rachel’s death– It is the cycle of death and birth. A life is a death, a death is a life. The death means the beginning of the life and life is always accompany with death. If Charlie doesn’t have the birth, then there won’t be a new life born. After I read part2 of the novel, I realize that Sophie is not a normal child, maybe it leads her mother to die. Or her mother sacrifices for her daughter.
The Morrigan is a figure from Irish mythology. It is associated with fate, foretelling doom and death in battle. In this role she appears as a crow, flying above the battlefield. It is the same in the novel which there is a huge raven attack Charlie. She always eats dead body which is the same as the characters in the novel, they eat people. In the novel, the Morrigan is formed of three women, they are Babd, Macha, and Nemain who live in the underworld. In the novel, there is always have the conversation between them, which are very creepy. They always talk about how to revenge when they get out, and how to torture people. It is kind of same of Morrigan from Irish mythology. They are both represent death and war. After understanding the allusion of Morrigan, I understand why the Author describes the creatures underworld like that. They are connected to each other.
The burning bush is an object described by the book of Exodus as being located on Mount Horeb. This story is about Moses and God. Moses was working with sheep when he saw a bush on fire. He went to the bush and he saw that it was burning, but it would not burn completely. While Moses was looking at the bush, God called from above to tell Moses that the Israelites were being treated poorly in Egypt. And he called to Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and to the promised land. Then, they bowed down and worshiped God and they followed Moses out of Egypt. People now can use the burning bush as “I guess I should see this message about a new job as my burning bush.” which means that there is still hope there. This is a biblical allusion which used very common.