An allegory suggests a hidden meaning via the use of metaphoric examples. An allegory is a device where the meaning of a greater, often abstract moral or political concept is conveyed with the aid of more material objects or ideas being used as an example.

Faith is like a stony uphill climb: a single stumble might send you sprawling but belief and steadfastness will see you to the very top.

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    1. Hi Leigh, you can differentiate the two of them as a symbol is actually something or more specifically an item which represents something, for instance, a poppy flower represents the ANZAC army and etcetera. However an allegory is when it uses a simile or a metaphor in it’s example and symbolizes something. The rule of thumb to pick out here is that they both are the same in what they convey or their output but their style of delivery is different and unique. Do you understand now? Does it make more sense?

    1. Hi kids! A dictionary can come in handy as well.
      Anonymous: Did you mean this helped you “correct” your narrative, or helped you “write” your narrative?

  1. John Bunyon’s “pilgrims progress” is an example of allegory — it tells a story about a man on a journey who comes across obstacle and meets people who help him and some who hinder him while on his quest to reach his final destination — but it’s not REALLY about a man on a walk — it symbolizes a spiritual journey.

    Analogy is when I told my husband that him going to counseling is like trying to clean the house in the dark. How can you get out the yuck if you cant even see it. If you don’t wanna see the filth and don’t wanna clean it up – you can turn off the light and leave the room.

    Analogy is a isolated comparison — I wouldn’t refer to “my husband is a struggling maid” like we all say and agree “Life REALLY is a journey”

    Analogy breaks down cause it is a comparison in order to help the listener comprehend your point. Allegory is recognizing and describing the similarities of things and talking about one as if it were another usually for a higher purpose or to demonstrate an abstract idea.

  2. Dr. Suess
    Most Dr.Suess books are allegories (Butter Battle Book= Arms Race, The Sneeches= racism, antisemitism, keeping up with the Jones etc..).

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