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Lindsey Kellam

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of Allegory

A Walk Through Allegory
Allegory as a Symbol
Allegory in Literature
Animal Farm- a book written by George Orwell. Reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalin era in the Soviet Union.

Allegory a story or metaphor that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
What is Allegory?
+a literary device

+a visible symbol that represents an abstract idea

+characters or events represent or symbolize ideas and concepts

+a story with purpose of teaching or explaining another
(usually bigger) situation or principle

Allegory vs. Symbolism
While there are many similarities, one should not confuse allegory with symbolism...

One might refer to allegory as a 'story symbol.'

Allegories use symbolism, but are more complex.

Allegories are primarily narratives (extended metaphors) representing abstract ideas.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Joseph Stalin
Karl Marx
oink oink...
+Allegory is the extension of a metaphor so that objects, persons, and actions in a text are equated with meanings that lie outside the text.

Allegory is considered what is elsewhere called an extended metaphor.

The ship of state has sailed through rougher storms than the tempest of these lobbyists.
Allegory also occurs when an allusion is made with no introductory explanation and the speaker trusts the audience to make the connection.

Well, the Eagle has landed. I thought you'd never make partner in the firm.
Other Examples of Allegory
Your Turn...

Ad Herennium 4.34.46 ("permutatio"); Quintilian 8.6.44-58; Bede 615-618; Susenbrotus (1540) 12-14 ("allegoria," "inversio," "permutatio"); Sherry (1550) 45; Peacham (1577) D1r; Putt. (1589) 197 ("allegoria," "the figure of false semblant"); Day 1599 79; Hoskins 1599 9.

Can anyone think of an example of allegory?

-From childhood? (Fables, children's books)
-In literature?
-In the media? (Newspapers, TV Shows, Ect)
-As an allusion?

As an extended metaphor
or an allusion
al·le·go·ry noun \ˈa-lə-ˌgȯr-ē\
: a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation
First things first...
by: Lindsey Kellam
(Story: This may be rough, but we've gone through tougher times than this)
(Didn't think we would ever land on the moon, didn't think you would ever get promoted...parallelism)
old major
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