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Symbolism and Allegory- Pride of Baghdad

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Ashley Jackson

on 20 November 2012

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Transcript of Symbolism and Allegory- Pride of Baghdad

Symbolism and Allegory:
Pride of Baghdad Allegory Allegory is a hidden message within a story. It is the use of numerous symbols throughout a text that give the story a deeper meaning When looking at an Allegory there is a
face value meaning of the story and then
a deeper, underline meaning The Pride of Baghdad is an allegory for the 2003 Invasion of Iraq Every character and action is a symbol for someone/something during the time of the invasion... So, who does every
character actually
represent? Zill Zill represents an Iraqi citizen that sees both
the pros and cons of freedom but chooses
that captivity is the better answer In the text he talks about how much he misses seeing the horizon (indicating he wants freedom) He then follows it up by saying "A spectacular view is nice, but so is eating more than once a week, a rarity in the old days". This shows that although he longs for the beauty of the horizon, he knows captivity is safer Zill also represents the male figure in an
Iraqi family that is just trying to help his
pride (family) survive That is shown in this
part of the text when
he indicates his only
loyalty is to the pride
and keeping them alive Finally, Zill represents a Kurdish Iraqi In the text, Noor and Safa
are always fighting,
just like the Sunni and Shia.
Zill is always caught
in the middle and gets a lot
of the blows just
like the Kurdish people Safa Safa symbolizes a Sunni Iraqi with many vivid and horrific memories of freedom, therefore making her believe captivity is the better choice. In the text, Safa vividly
remembers being raped.
This is her only memory
of freedom and this makes
her scared of the thought of
freedom. Noor on the other hand, is completely in favour of freedom and this causes them to butt heads a lot The constant fighting between Safa
and Noor symbolizes the Sunni and Shia Iraqis.
Since Safa believes in captivity, much like the Sunnis believing in Sadaam Hussein and his choice of keeping the Iraqis captive, Safa is meant to symbolize a Sunni Iraqi Noor Noor represented a
Shia Iraqi that strongly
believed in and
wanted liberation This was shown because right
from the beginning of the text,
Noor was trying to orchestrate
a plan to break out of the zoo so
they could be free More specifically, Noor represents
a Shiite because she wants freedom
(against the rule of Sadaam Hussein)
and she constantly fights with Safa who
represents a Sunni Ali Ali represented the youth of the
Iraqis during the time of the invasion.
he also represented the future of the
Pride/Iraqis. This was demonstrated in
the text by his constant questioning
and lack of knowledge as to what
was going on, just like a child
at the time of the invasion Antelope The Antelope represented all of
the other Iraqi citizens during the invasion
that were too scared to go up against
Sadaam Hussein Early on in the text,
Noor tried to get help
from the antelopes to
break out of the zoo.
Due to a lack of trust
and fear, she said no,
just like many Iraqis did The Turtle The Turtle The turtle represented a wise
old man during the time of the
Invasion that had lots of knowledge
of what was going on He also represented someone who had
been greatly affected by war because his
family had died. This part of the text was when the author first demonstrated his view on the war and made it evident that he was against it Fajer Fajer represented Sadaam Hussein.
He was the larger power that had to
be taken down by the citizens Eventually they were able to
take him down and get their
freedom. Fajer represented the
larger power and it took not only
the lions, but the horses as well to
defeat him. All in all, Pride of Baghdad was an allegory for the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The author did a great job at making each character represent someone
during the invasion and also did a good job subtly but surely showing that he was very much
against war. The end ! The story ended with all four lions
eventually getting killed
by American forces after finally seeking
freedom This is Brian Vaughan's way of showing that
he's against war and illustrating the
many innocent people that fall victim
to war Much like Vaughan's
other political stories,
he clearly chose a side
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