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Allegorical View - Pride of Baghdad

ENGLISH - Layered learning (Layer C)
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Viki Dyck

on 16 November 2012

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Transcript of Allegorical View - Pride of Baghdad

The Pride of
Baghdad. What is an Allegory? An allegory is a story that, when closely examined, shows two different meanings; a literal meaning, and a symbolic meaning. Allegories show hidden truths that could be symbolic, cultural, contextual, personal, or universal. The Allegory... In the Pride Of Baghdad, an allegory is being
used. I think the Pride of Baghdad has a hidden cultural meaning that regards the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. The author uses the symbols of Lions as characters in his story. I believe the lions represent the many different citizens of Iraq during the time of the invasions. Allow me to explain! Zill.. In the story, Zill is the male leader of the pack. In regards to the events involved, he was more or less neutral. I think Zill represents the people who didn't really know what to think in regards to the invasions. They were in the middle of the extremists. They were neutral. Zill wished for freedom, but was also contempt in the captivity of the zoo. Safa... Safa was very contempt in the captivity of the zoo. She felt it was safe, and didn't feel the need for freedom. Safa was a type of extremist against freedom. I think Safa represents the people who submitted to the power of the authority figures in the time of the invasions. The people who thought the rules of Iraq kept them safe. Safa was afraid of the wild, and felt that the keepers (authority) protected her. The people she represents are the ones who didn't feel the need to fight for their freedom. Noor... Noor hated the captivity of the zoo.
She was willing to risk anything just to obtain freedom. I think Noor could represent the resistance groups in Iraq at the time of the invasions. The people who wanted freedom more than anything. The people who would risk the lives of their loved ones, as well as their own lives to get the freedom they thought they deserved. Ali... Ali was oblivious to the events of the war. He didn't realize the seriousness of his situation. He was a child! Ali's greatest worry was how to 'kill the horses.' I think Ali represents most of the young children in Iraq during the invasions. They were young, and didn't understand the idea of the invasions. He represents the young, oblivious, innocent children/adults during the invasion. Zill... Zill was more or less neutral in regards to the events of the story. Zill missed being free, but he didn't absolutly hate captivity. I think Zill represents the people who don't really care about the invasions. He missed freedom, as the people most likely would, but captivity was alright. The people he represents are the ones who dislike authority figures, but don't feel the need to create a disruption. The Antelope... The antelope in the story was resistant to try and fight for freedom. It was afraid to question authority, and to fight the keepers. I think the antelope represents the fearful citizens. The ones who long for freedom, but are afraid of the consequences. Get it? Each of the characters represented
a different kind of civilian during the invasion. Why Lions? I think the author used the symbol of lions for two reasons. 1) Lions would make for an interesting plot. Also, they make for a great allegory. Without closely examining the story, someone might just shrug it off as a re-enactment of the lions that actually escaped the zoo. But, the allegorical meaning could be interpreted the way we've interpreted it; Each lion represents a different type of civilian. 2) Lions symbolize power. Ever heard the saying "King of the Beasts"? I perceived the lions to show that even the mighty can fall during war. The lions were all killed in the end. This could be an allegory of how the mighty have fallen during war. Also, the lions were innocent. They weren't involved in the war, until they broke free. The story could be an allegory for how the innocent were killed during the battle. Brian Vaughan's Perspective... After extensive research, I've come to the conclusion that the author had several conflicted opinions regarding the war. But, the reason he wrote The Pride of Baghdad was simple; to tell the story in a way that would get the readers to think deeply on the topic. Brian Vaughan told the story from a perspective, not that of a combative, but that or a civilian. He wasn't trying to tell his own perspective, but that of a civilians. Allegories... Examine the text... To reach conclusions, Find hidden truths and meanings... Read with a new perspective... See things... DIFFERENTLY! THE END :) By: Viki Dyck
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