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Definition a fictional story whose characters, items, or events are symbolic to express a deeper meaning
  • In Plato's allegory, the prisoners in the cave represent people living in ignorance.
allegory = a fictional story whose characters, items, or events are symbolic to express a deeper meaning
  • "Allegory's beyond me," said Jim.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • allegory = a fictional story whose characters, items, or events are symbolic to express a deeper meaning
  • Well, it's an allegory,
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • allegory = a fictional story whose characters, items, or events are symbolic to express a deeper meaning
  • I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.
    J. R. R. Tolkien
  • "I am sure that there is some allegory about it," Colia persisted.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • One of the most conspicuous examples is the pervasive use of allegory.
    Fletcher, Robert Huntington  --  A History of English Literature
  • Let me tell you an allegory, dearest, and do you hearken to it.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Poor Folk
  • To lay aside all allegory, the concern for what must become of poor Molly greatly disturbed and perplexed the mind of the worthy youth.
    Fielding, Henry  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • To disguise the true story as fiction or allegory.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • There was the allegory of my whole life: I, in the shadow, at the ladder's foot, While others lightly mount to Love and Fame!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • In Plato's allegory of the metals, the philosopher classifies men into groups of gold, silver, and lead.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • "I don't think I know what you mean," she said; "you use too many figures of speech; I could never understand allegories.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Perhaps all birth is an allegory!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • "I am sure that there is some allegory about it," Colia persisted.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He, of all people, trapped in an allegory!
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Reading it now, the allegory seemed obvious and clumsy.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • He looked like a figure from an allegory: black-aproned carpenter-mystic, half in shadow.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Enduring legends like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, King Arthur, and Sleeping Beauty were Grail allegories.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • All similes and allegories concerning her began and ended with birds.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Nicolas Wyatt's radical interpretation of the Adam and Eve story supposes that it was, in fact, written as a political allegory by the deuteronomists.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash

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