AP English Literature and Composition Terms | ALLEGORY | 60second Recap®
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AP English Literature and Composition Terms | ALLEGORY | 60second Recap®

October 21, 2019


If you’re drowning in a sea of symbols, you’re
probably wishing for a life preserver. I’ll throw you one next—it’s the definition of
allegory. In almost every book you read for English,
you’ll probably come across at least one symbol. (Remember from Recap 3 that a symbol is something
that represents something else.) But when everything stands for something else,
you don’t just have an author who’s obsessed with symbols. You have an allegory. Now I’m not big on scholarly stuff, but here’s
a tidbit that’s actually pretty awesome. Allegory comes from the Greek word allegoria, which
means “speaking otherwise.” Translation: An allegory is all about double
meaning. You’ve got what’s going on on the surface of the story and then you have a political
or social message that all the elements of the story are working together to convey. There’s no tell-tale sign for an allegory,
but often allegories have fantastical elements. And context helps, too. If you know the author
had a thing for criticizing the government, you might have an allegory on your hands. Still confused? Lord of the Flies, Gulliver’s
Travels, and The Wizard of Oz are all allegories. Check one out to experience allegory firsthand
… … or click on this video again for a repeat
tutorial.

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  1. How about the BIBLE? It is allegory as well.
    perfect EXAMPLE

    Galacians 4:22-24
    It is written Abraham had two sons one by bondsmaid the other by freewomen.
    The one of the bondwomen was born after the flesh, but he of the freewomen was by promise.
    Which things are an ALLEGORY: for these are the two covenants ,

    Rutro!!!!!! That changes everything we were LIED about.

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