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Transcript of Allegory Powerpoint
An allegory is a story (in whatever form it takes) that can has a hidden meaning. It uses symbolism but, it is not the same as symbolism. An allegory is not the same as symbolism because allegories are full narratives. There are two layers to allegories. There is the more obvious layer that uses characters, objects or actions that have real life counter parts. For example Napoleon the pig in the book "Animal Farm" represented Stalin.
What Is An Allegory?
Another good example of an allegory is the book "Yurtle the Turtle" by Doctor Seuss. The book is about a turtle king who gains more and more power at the expense of his subjects. Eventually he is dethroned by his subjects because of his greed. This story was meant to be symbolic of the rise and fall of Hitler (really it was symbolic of totalitarian governments in general.
My personal favorite allegory is the book "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. This book is a textbook example of an allegory. It uses symbolism by giving all the characters real life counter parts. It's first layer represents the Russian revolution and it's shift to communism, then totalitarianism. It's second layer is all about tyranny (an abstract/ big picture lesson). "Animal Farm" has all the components of a picture perfect allegory.
What Are Some Known Allegories?
The Tortoise and the hair is a good example of an allegory. This story is about an overconfident Hare who is challenged too a race by a tortoise. The knows he is much faster than the tortoise so of course he accepts but, in the middle of the race he is so far ahead he decides to take a nap. His actions leads to his defeat and the tortoise. The hidden meaning behind the story here is that some people have natural talents but waste them to idleness or laziness. Despite natural talents a person with perseverance, works hard, and focuses can still achieve, just like the tortoise.
By: Logan Redditt
An allegory is a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
The second layer of an allegory is about the big picture. This can be a moral, a political or a religious meaning and so on. For example, the big picture for the book Animal Farm was about tyranny using communism and the U.S.S.R.
Allegories are typically used as literary or rhetorical devices.
The Second Layer
Why Are Allegories So Important?
Allegories have been used for a very long time. Shoot, even the ancient Greeks used them in their stories. They have been used so much because they help people understand the topic that are being presented to them. For example, it's a lot easier to understand the Russian revolution by reading "Animal Farm" than it is to read some boring textbook. Allegories help relate topics to what people understand, just like a metaphor. Overall, allegories are very useful and prevalent in our lives.