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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...



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)



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)






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