When you write a story, any story, you write within the context of the whole of literature, of everything that has gone before. The choice of words that you use will provide little clues to the story that your readers will often absorb almost instantly as they read. The reader might not consciously recognize an allusion to another major work, but it will happen subconsciously.
For example, if I put an allusion to the bible into a tale and my reader hasn’t read the bible, he or she might not recognize that allusion. But