Allegory

Shannon M.

Definition?

Allegory is...


Greek- "allos" or "Agoreuein" meaning "other speaking"


•Fictional story that is symbolic

•Conveys a deeper meaning not obvious to the writing

•A meaning on two or more levels (Multi-level narrative)

•Can also be a certain method of reading text

•Encourages readers to find a meaning


Personification Allegory

A person represents human behavior, and abstract concepts such as strength, power, beauty, wisdom and so on.


Symbolic Allegory

A character or material object has an identity other than the overall message conveyed.


Dream Allegory

Based on the framework of a dream, also called "Dream Vision"



Examples?

•Bible

•Moby Dick

•Animal Farm

•The Scarlet Letter

•Gulliver's Travels

•Roman de la Rose (Romance of the rose)

Well known examples in Literature

Examples in Poetry

Most Popular

The poem "Roman de la Rose", or Romance of the Rose was a very popular French allegorical poem in the Middle Ages. It is composed over 21,000 lines.

Citations

"allegory." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://school-preview.eb.com/levels/high/article/5781>.


"fable, parable, and allegory." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition.Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://school-preview.eb.com/levels/high/article/110449>.


"dream allegory." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://school-preview.eb.com/levels/high/article/31165>.