Literary Device Anachronism - anachronism2010-2011

Anachronism - an error in chronology, or
placing an event, person, item, or
language expression in the wrong
The term is originally from the Greek
anakhronismos formed by combining
ana, which means “back or backwards,”
and khronos, which means “time.”
[uh-nak-ruh-niz-uh m]
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,
an anachronism is used:
 Brutus: Peace! count the clock.
Cassius: The clock has stricken three.
Act II, scene i : lines 193 – 194
An anachronism is something which is out of
its time like the clock mentioned in the play.
This is an example of Anachronism because
there were no clocks during Roman times,
and the striking clock was not invented until
1,400 years after Caesar’s death.
Stops the argument between Cassius and
Brutus. If it weren't for the ‘clock striking’ the
argument wouldn’t have stop. Their secret
meeting had to part or they would have
become suspicious.
Casca. . . . And then he offered it the third time. He
put it the third time by; and still as he refused it, the
rabblement hooted, and clapped their chapped
hands, and threw up their sweaty nightcaps, and
uttered such a deal of stinking breath because
Caesar refused the crown that it had, almost, choked
Caesar; for he swooned and fell down at it. And for
mine own part, I durst not laugh, for fear of opening
my lips and receiving the bad air. Cassius. But soft, I
pray you. What, did Caesar swound?
Julius Caesar (Act I; 2; 249-257)[3]
Nightcaps were not invented at the
Throwing the nightcaps in the air meant as
a sign of respect, and admiration for
Caesar. When Caesar refused the crown, it
showed that he was humble.
Also caps are shown to be thrown in
graduation as sign of accomplishments.
Horses are mentioned fourteen times in the
Book of Mormon, and are portrayed as an
important part of the cultures described.
There is no evidence that horses existed
on the American continent during the 25003000 year history of the Book of Mormon
(2500 B.C. - 400 A.D.)
 [6]
Horses did not reappear in the Americas
until the Spaniards brought them from
In the Book of Mormon there is a historical error that
there were no evidence of horses during the time the
2500-3000, in the history of the Book of Mormon.
The significance of this is that a lot of the products
and people would not have been able to be
transported from one place to another.
A mistake can throw everything off its course
especially a Holy Book. Facts are unreliable.
Horses were also a sign of power, couldn't have been
shown without them.
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