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Allegory shows an example of symbolic figures, actions, or symbolic representation. Since allegory was first found very long ago, there are many arts and writing that are allegorical. It is mostly based on social and economic problems around the world, thus stories such as Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Chronicles or Narnia, and etc are very famous. People in the Middle Age saw themselves as ancient, thus they used allegory as a synthesizing agent that brings together a whole image. Allegory influenced many people during the renaissance.

-Allegory can be a painting, writing, sculpture.
-It may be read through stories
-Very figurative because one subject may be disguised under another subject.
-a symbolical narrative
-Sometimes, it takes a while to get the context
-one must know about background information

Examples of book allegories...
-Lord of the Flies; William Golding
*the conch symbolizes order
*the story is about kids on an island fighting for control, but it actually resembles the corrupted view of this society that us, humans, are living.
-The Pearl; John Steinback
*the pearl sounds like a affluence and happiness, but it actually destroys one's life by factors such as jealousy, or avarice.
*different understanding of the plot by different thinking level. For example, a sixth grader can read the book and say that it is about a poor fisherman searching for a pearl, but a ninth grader can analyze the plot like this: a poor fisherman is searching for a "happiness in life", or a string one holds on to in life, once he acquires it, it does not really bring the happiness. Instead it brings the opposite of happiness, unhappiness.


The Animal Farm talks about the corruption during the World war I.
-The collective farm
-Communist State
-Tyranny
-Animals represent historical figures

Four types of Allegory
1. Literal
2. Typological
3. Moral
4. Analogical


works cited
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory
http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/allegory.html
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/allegory
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pearl/