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Not everything is what it appears to be!
The basic meaning of allegory is "to say another thing“ or “to speak otherwise” • from Latin allegoria • from Greek allegorein "say otherwise"
allos "other" + agoreuein "speak in public”
or events represent not only themselves on the literal level. = Faith (Character ) Faith (Belief) . abstract ideas.Allegory defined • An allegory is… a story that acts as an extended metaphor in which persons. but they also stand for something else on the symbolic level.
a narrative which has both a literal meaning and a representative one.Allegory defined • • An allegory is: a symbolic fictional narrative that conveys a secondary meaning (or meanings) not explicitly stated. Hunger Artist = Starving for attention? Dying for one’s art? Foolish devotion? .
Allegory defined • Poems. . These allegories can be as short as a single sentence or as long as a ten volume book. in whole or in part. novels. or plays can all be allegorical.
Allegory defined • • Allegory is the direct opposite of the literal Fables and parables are types of allegory .
Types of Allegory .
Types of Allegory There are two main types of allegory: • Historical /Political Allegory • Allegory of Ideas .
• Allegory Type #1: Historical /Political Allegory .
Historical /Political Allegory • In historical /political allegory. historical persons and events are referred to via metaphor and symbolism • Political ideas or systems may also be represented .
Historical /Political Allegory • George Orwell's Animal Farm is a modern example Historical/Political Allegory. . describing the development of Russian communism in terms of a revolt by farm animals.
.Historical /Political Allegory • Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is an example of political allegory depicting nineteenth-century British imperialism.
.Historical /Political Allegory • The Wizard of Oz has been interpreted as a historical/political allegory about the Populist period in late 19th century American history.
• Young Goodman Brown = a newly initiated Puritan adult member of the community who strictly follows Puritan doctrine stands in judgment of his fellow townspeople.Historical /Political Allegory • “Young Goodman Brown” is an allegory about the Salem Witch Trials and the Puritan mentality in general. .
• Allegory Type #2: Allegory of Ideas .
.Allegory of Ideas • In the Allegory of Ideas. characters personify abstract concepts and the story attempts to teach the audience a lesson.
as in Dante's Divine Comedy.Allegory of Ideas • The allegory of ideas is particularly common in medieval literature. .
• (Lesson: do good deeds in life because Death may be arriving soon.) .Allegory of Ideas • The medieval drama Everyman is another allegory of ideas. as the character “Everyman” must prepare to face death and be judged for his deeds.
Allegory of Ideas • Many Bible stories are allegorical. The serpent is often read as signifying temptation or true evil. . For example: • The apple that Adam receives from Eve is symbolic of the “knowledge of Good and Evil” and is thus allegorical.
Allegory of Ideas • Fables and parables are also examples of this type of allegory. .
Allegory of Ideas • Lord of the Rings & The Chronicles of Narnia have both been described as allegorical (whether the allegory was intended by the authors is an ongoing debate) .
impress your friends by pointing out the allegory! This would probably not impress your friends.Allegory is Everywhere! • Many movies contain allegory The next time you watch a movie in which the characters or settings seem symbolic. but Allegory is always a crowd pleaser! .
• A humorous poster for writers about allegory: .
Allegory…it’s everywhere End of presentation. .