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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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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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