A Scene Of Death

A Dirty Job

In a “Dirty Job there are dozens of allusions to famous works and concepts that the reader may miss. One such allusion is the aptly named dog Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. In Muslim culture, Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is known as the last prophet of Allah and is highly revered and respected. So revered that Muslims rarely say his name without following it with “Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam” which translates to “Peace be upon him”. As the last prophet, he is seen as a saintly character responsible for writing down the Quran piece by piece and spreading Islam throughout Spain and Europe. When the author named the dog Muhammad he was alluding to the prophet and maybe subtly labeling the dog as a protector and saintly figure in Sophie’s life.

A depiction of Muhammad receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel. Photo Credit: Wikimedia

Another allusion was the presence of the Morrigan in the story. The Morrigan is a goddess originating from Celtic mythology. She is known as a multifaceted god with different aspects for each of her faces, she was the goddess of war and battle as well as the cycle of life and death. Her three faces were each famous for the different aspects she possessed on the battlefield, some sources state that she had sisters instead of faces that all formed a formidable trinity.

In “A Dirty Job” the Morrigan believe that they are the Luminatus or the big death and are faced with the task of stealing souls from the soul stealers so the dark forces of the underworld can rule over the earth. The inclusion of these figures of death has a very interesting impact in the story. In the novel, the Morrigan’s referenced other gods claiming that they think they are the Luminatus. Did Moore create a world where Every religion’s god of death thinks of them as the Luminatus? From the greek god Thanatos to the Egyptian god Anubis, even the Etruscan god of the underworld Orcus all believe that they are the Luminatus. Moores creation of the idea of one central death creates a unity and competition between all aspects of death in other religions.

Allusions In Games

In my own experience, the worst thing you can say about a video game is that it is the next “Superman” (Nintendo 64). You would think that calling a game the next “Superman” would be a good thing, I mean who wouldn’t want to be called a god level superhero with a plethora of powers. However, almost anyone in the gaming world can tell you that “Superman” is commonly referred to as one of the worst games of all time. The game, released may 29th, 1999, was based on the loved animated series of the same name. The game however, was a major letdown to everyone who played it. The missions were repetitive, the graphics were awful, the controls were unresponsive, and the gameplay lacked anything that would keep an audience. The game is famously placed near or at the top of any top ten worst games of all time lists, and for good reason. So next time you hear someone say a game is going to be the next “Superman 64” now you know to stay clear of it.