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Definition of Allegory

Allegory

  1. A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The real subject is thus kept out of view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or speaker by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject.
  2. Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem.
  3. A figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion directly conveyed by the object painted or sculptured.

Allegory Quotations

I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language.
J. R. R. Tolkien

A priest is he who lives solely in the realm of the invisible, for whom all that is visible has only the truth of an allegory.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Everything for me becomes allegory.
Charles Baudelaire

An allegory is not meant to be taken literally. There is a great lack of comprehension on the part of some readers.
Naguib Mahfouz

I can work in films as long as the story doesn't have a realistic nature. If I'm working with an allegory, a fantasy, it can be developed in synthetic terms.
Manuel Puig
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Allegory Translations

allegory in German is allegorie
allegory in Swedish is allegori

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