Frustration (See also Exasperation, Futility.) Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Frustration (See also Exasperation, Futility.)


  1. Akaki poor government clerk saves to buy a new overcoat, only to have it stolen. [Russ. Lit.: Gogol The Overcoat in Magill II, 790]
  2. Angstrom, Harry “Rabbit” former basketball star frustrated by demands of adult life. [Am. Lit.: Rabbit, Run, Magill IV, 1042–1044]
  3. Barataria dishes removed before Sancho tasted them. [Span. Lit.: Don Quixote]
  4. Bundren, Addie family continually thwarted in 9-day attempt to bury her. [Am. Lit.: As I Lay Dying]
  5. Catch-22 Air Force captain’s appeal to be grounded for insanity not granted because desire to avoid combat proves sanity. [Am. Lit.: Joseph Heller Catch-22]
  6. coyote foiled in attempts to enjoy prey. [Am. Ind. Folklore: Mercatante, 77–78]
  7. Henderson the Rain King character’s frustration shown by his continually saying, “I want, I want.” [Am. Lit.: Henderson the Rain King]
  8. Joseph K accused of a mysterious crime, fails in his attempts to seek exoneration, and is executed. [Ger. Lit.: Kafka The Trial]
  9. K. continually hindered from gaining entrance to mysterious castle. [Ger. Lit.: The Castle]
  10. Old Mother Hubbard foiled at all attempts to care for dog. [Nurs. Rhyme: Baring-Gould, 111–113]
  11. Raven, The answer for quests of longing: “Nevermore.” [Am. Lit.: “The Raven” in Hart, 656]
  12. Sharpless frustrated in attempt to prepare Cio-Cio-San for disappointment. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Madame Butterfly, Westerman, 358]
  13. Sisyphus man condemned to roll up a hill a huge stone which always rolls back before he gets it to the top. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1006]
  14. Tantalus condemned in Hades to thirst after receding water. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1062]
  15. Three Sisters, The sisters live dull, provincial lives, yearning to return to the gay life of Moscow. [Russ. Drama: Benét, 1005]
  16. Watty, Mr. bankrupt; waits years for court action. [Br. Lit.: Pickwick Papers]