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  allegory - Definitions from Dictionary.com
a symbolical narrative: the allegory of Piers Plowman.
A symbolic representation: The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice.
Allegories are composed of several symbols or metaphors.
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  ArtLex on Allegory
Allegory of Spring (La Primavera), 1477-78, 10 feet 4 inches x 6 feet 9 inches (315 x 205 cm), painted for the villa of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici at Castello, now in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence.
Allegory of Salvation with the Virgin, the Christ Child, Saint Elizabeth, the Young Saint John, and Two Angels, c.
This still life might be interpreted as either an allegory of the five senses or of the sacred and the profane.
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 Definition of allegory - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Etymology: Middle English allegorie, from Latin allegoria, from Greek allEgoria, from allEgorein to speak figuratively, from allos other + -Egorein to speak publicly, from agora assembly -- more at
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 Plato: The Allegory of the Cave
The importance of the allegory lies in Plato's belief that there are invisible truths lying under the apparent surface of things which only the most enlightened can grasp.
Used to the world of illusion in the cave, the prisoners at first resist enlightenment, as students resist education.
Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.
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Allegory: A narrative poem in which an intellectual (and usually moral, political,or religious meaning) is to be understood beneath a surface story, and indeed to be spelled out and made vivid by that story.
Allegory: A form of extended METAPHOR in which objects and persons in a narrative, either in prose or verse, are equated with meanings that lie outside the narrative itself.
Allegory attempts to evoke a dual interest, one in the events, characters, and settings presented, and the other in the ideas they are intended to convey or the significance they bear.
www.uta.edu /english/TAR/officeweb/defs1.htm   (600 words)

  Allegory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Allegory is generally treated as a figure of rhetoric, but an allegory does not have to be expressed in language: it may be addressed to the eye, and is often found in realistic painting, sculpture or some other form of mimetic, or representative art.
In this perspective, the characters in a "naive" allegory are not fully three-dimensional, for each aspect of their individual personalities and the events that befall them embodies some moral quality or other abstraction; the allegory has been selected first, and the details merely flesh it out.
Plato – The Republic (Plato's allegory of the cave)
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 Allegory of the cave - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Plato's Allegory of the Cave is perhaps the best known of his many allegories, metaphors, and parables.
Not content with mere suggestion, Plato interprets the allegory (beginning at 517b): "This image then [the allegory of the cave] we must apply as a whole to all that has been said" —i.e., it can be used to interpret the preceding several pages, which concern the metaphor of the sun and the divided line.
Plato: The Allegory of the Cave, from The Republic at University of Washington - Faculty
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 Allegory - LitWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Allegory attempts to create interest both in the primary story with its characters, events, and setting, and in the ideas and significance the story conveys.
Allegory is still used as a narrative device in literature today, in drama, poetry, prose, and even comics (Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury, for example).
Allegory was most prominent in the Middle Ages, with dream vision and the morality play; other types of allegory common in history are the fable, the parable, and the exemplum.
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 The Moral of Our Tale: The Function of Allegory   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In literature, an allegory is defined as "a narrative in which the agent and action, and sometimes the setting as well, are contrived both to make coherent sense on the 'literal,' or primary level of signification, and also to signify a second, correlated order of agents, concepts, and events." (Abrams, p.
Allegory recognizes that it is not presenting an everyday experience and is not meant to be realistic in time and/or space; there is something magical or dreamlike about the highly symbolic scene and action about to take place.
And thus it is in most allegories, a central guiding figure keeps the dreamer or visionary on course and gives the audience a focal point Whether it is to arouse their sympathy or incite their hatred, the characters are generally clearly drawn with little need for delicate interpretation.
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 Personification and Allegory - Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - National Museum for Art and History
An allegory is a concrete representation of an abstract idea or concept.
Personifications are often depicted by stationary figures, while allegories usually feature some form of action or activity.
Allegories and personifications were popular in all forms of art, from classical antiquity to the late nineteenth century and were employed to represent a wealth of different concepts.
www.rijksmuseum.nl /aria/aria_encyclopedia/00069052?lang=en   (134 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for allegory   (Site not responding. Last check: )
He is noted for the poems Myszeidos, an allegory on political disorder, and Monachomachia, a witty inspection of monastic life, as well as for his novels, prose satires (e.g., Satyry, 1779), and fables.
Allegory and materiality: medieval foundations of the modern debate.
Allegory and Epic in English Renaissance Literature: Heroic Form in Sidney, Spenser, and Milton and Edmund Spenser: Essays on Culture and Allegory.
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Allegories are defined as the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events presented in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.
Allegories are among the oldest methods of conveying secret information from one person to another in such a way that only those few elite insiders who understand the representations contained within the allegory understand the hidden message.
The representations in the allegory are symbolic, and the power of the allegory comes purely by the association between the representation and the message.
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 Lamson Library
Hawthorne’s Historical Allegory; An Examination Of The American Conscience
The Visionary Landscape: A Study In Medieval Allegory
Allegory : The Dynamics Of An Ancient And Medieval Technique
www.plymouth.edu /library/opac/subjkey/allegory   (70 words)

 Participatory Bible Study - Interpreting Allegory
Allegory is a form of literature in which elements of the narrative represent something other than what they appear on the surface.
In this allegory each element--the sisters, their lovers, their clothing, and their various actions are all representative of something.
An allegory may come from the author (such as Ezekiel 16), or be part of the reader's interaction with the story.
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 Allegory - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The term allegory, being derived from allo agoreuein, signifying to say something different from what the words themselves imply, can etymologically be applied to any figurative form of expression of thought.
In the first-mentioned sense it is the ordinary allegory of rhetoric, which is usually defined as an extended or continued metaphor, this extension expanding from two or more statements to a whole volume, like Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
Allegories of this character abound in the Scriptures, both in Old Testament and in New Testament.
www.studylight.org /enc/isb/view.cgi?number=T395   (715 words)

 Medieval Allegory
Definition: Allegory is a form of extended metaphor in which objects and persons within a narrative are equated with meanings that lie outside the narrative itself.
Thus, allegory evokes a dual interest: in the events, characters and setting presented; and in the ideas they represent or the significance they bear.
Allegory is frequently, but not always, concerned with matters of great import: life and death; damnation and salvation; social or personal morality and immorality.
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 Allegory at AllExperts
An allegory (from Greek αλλος, allos, "other", and αγορευειν, agoreuein, "to speak in public") is a figurative mode of representation conveying a meaning other than (and in addition to) the literal.
Allegory is generally treated as a figure of rhetoric, but an allegory does not have to be expressed in language: it may be addressed to the eye, and is often found in realistic painting, sculpture or some other form of mimetic, or representative art.
In this perspective, the characters in a "naive" allegory are not fully three-dimensional, for each aspect of their individual personalities and the events that befall them embodies some moral quality or other abstraction; the allegory has been selected first, and the details merely flesh it out.
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 The UVic Writer's Guide: Allegory   (Site not responding. Last check: )
An allegory is a narrative which has both a literal meaning and a representative one.
Allegory may be sustained throughout a work (as in the medieval morality play) or comprise an episode in literature of any genre.
The allegory of ideas is particularly common in medieval literature, as in Dante's Divine Comedy (1307-21), in which Dante the pilgrim represents a common person seeking salvation, both helped and hindered by his reliance upon Reason (in the person of Virgil) rather than Faith.
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 Reflections on Allegory-Main Page   (Site not responding. Last check: )
An allegory is text which must be analyzed word by word in order to understand the deeper more involved meaning rather than just trying to make sense out of the literal meaning.
Allegory is a form of extended metaphor, in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative, are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself.
In the course of their adventures the heroes of allegory discover which ideals are worth pursuing and what things are obstacles to that pursuit.
athena.english.vt.edu /~baugh/bosch/R-A-Main.htm   (1063 words)

 allegory - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Allegory, fictional literary narrative or artistic expression that conveys a symbolic meaning parallel to but distinct from, and more important...
Roman de la Rose, Le (The Romance of the Rose), medieval French poem, a dream allegory based on the courtly love tradition.
Beast Epic, sequence of stories, often in the form of a long narrative poem, with animals as the central characters.
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 Allegory   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Allegory is similar to metaphor, but is usually more elaborate and extended.
Thus, when Spenser's Redcross Knight fights with the dragon named Error, we see the battle of a knight and a dragon at the literal level, and a conflict between the (generalized) Christian and the idea of error at the allegorical level.
Personification is a crude kind of allegory: abstract qualities are turned into people.
www.english.upenn.edu /~jlynch/Terms/Temp/allegory.html   (91 words)

 Ruskin and Nineteenth-Century Attitudes toward Allegory
Croce says that the allegory is a tiresome pleonasm, a collection of useless repetitions which shows us (for example) Dante led by Virgil and Beatrice and then explains to us, or gives us to understand, that Dante is the soul, Virgil is philosophy or reason or natural intelligence, and Beatrice is theology or grace.
An allegory is but a translation of abstract notions into a picture-language, which is itself nothing but an abstraction from objects of the senses; the principal being more worthless even than its phantom proxy, both alike unsubstantial, and the former shapeless to boot.
The Faith had to be already there, standing believed by everybody; — of which the Allegory could then become a shadow; and with all its seriousness we may say a sportful shadow, a mere play of the Fancy, in comparison with that awful Fact and scientific certainty, which it poetically strives to emblem.
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The most obvious use of allegory is work-length narratives such as the medieval Everyman or Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
Quintilian labels allegory what is elsewhere called a "conceit": an extended metaphor:
Allegory also occurs when an allusion is made with no introductory explanation and the speaker trusts the audience to make the connection, as in the following example, where reference is made to the historic landing of a craft on the moon, but no direct connection is made to the more mundane application of this allusion:
humanities.byu.edu /rhetoric/Figures/A/allegory.htm   (168 words)

 allegory — FactMonster.com
allegory, in literature, symbolic story that serves as a disguised representation for meanings other than those indicated on the surface.
The characters in an allegory often have no individual personality, but are embodiments of moral qualities and other abstractions.
The allegory is closely related to the parable, fable, and metaphor, differing from them largely in intricacy and length.
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