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Allegory. digging deeper into the story. What is Allegory? . An allegory is a story with 2 levels of meaning. The first level is the surface meaning: plot, characters, setting, etc. The second level is the symbolic meaning, deeper meaning of the surface-level elements.

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Allegory

Allegory

digging deeper into the story


What is allegory

What is Allegory?

  • An allegory is a story with 2 levels of meaning.

    • The first level is the surface meaning: plot, characters, setting, etc.

    • The second level is the symbolic meaning, deeper meaning of the surface-level elements.

  • An allegory is similar to a giant metaphor, which can be political, historical, philosophical, etc.


Key words

Key Words:

audience

rhetoric

metaphor

symbol

theme

imagery


Examples

Examples:

We’re going to look at 2 major examples of allegory related to World War II: JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle.

But first, some background on WWII...


Harry potter as an allegory of wwii

Harry Potter as an allegory of WWII


Lord voldemort adolf hitler

Lord Voldemort/Adolf Hitler

  • Orphaned

  • History of disappointment (Hogwarts/Art School)

  • “Half Blood” (Part Muggle/Part Jewish)

  • Obsession with blood purity (Anti-Muggle/Anti-Semitic)


Deatheaters nazi soldiers

Deatheaters/Nazi Soldiers


Albus dumbledore winston churchill

Albus Dumbledore/Winston Churchill

  • Authority figures

  • had alarmist views and were shunned by the public for them (warning of Voldemort’s return/warning of Hitler’s power)


Rita skeeter the daily prophet war propaganda

Rita Skeeter & the Daily Prophet/War Propaganda


Dr seuss

Dr. Seuss


Dr seuss yertle the turtle

Dr. Seuss’ Yertle the Turtle


Allegory

  • Can you see Dr. Seuss’ story as an allegory of WW2?

  • What symbols or metaphors do you see?

  • Could Yertle the Turtle be an allegory of something else?


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