Does it belong? Is it correct? Shakespeare used the striking clock in Julius Caesar, an anachronism since clocks did not exist at the time of Caesar's reign, as a convention for impact and drama. The parental story teller challenged the belief and understanding of the young child through an anachronism to create interest and to entertain. However, far from being just a writer's or storyteller's convention, recognition of anachronisms, like recognition of concepts and categories, is in reality a tool of language and thinking that may promote the development of concept formation.
Echols, J. T., & McNich, G. H. (1995). Anachronisms: Creating Tools for Thinking. Reading Horizons, 36 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol36/iss1/5