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Allegory Examples

Allegory is a literary device in which characters or events in a literary, visual, or musical art form represent or symbolize ideas and concepts. Allegory has been used widely throughout the histories of all forms of art; a major reason for this is its immense power to illustrate complex ideas and concepts in ways that are easily digestible and tangible to its viewers, readers, or listeners. An allegory conveys its hidden message through symbolic figures, actions, imagery, and/or events. Allegory is generally treated as a figure of rhetoric; a rhetorical allegory is a demonstrative form of representation conveying meaning other than the words that are spoken. Although allegories just seem like a figure of speech of the English Language, it is also a more imaginative way of expressing views and telling a story.

As a literary device, an allegory in its most general sense is an extended metaphor. One of the best known examples is Plato's "Allegory of the Cave." However, allegory can be found throughout the classical, medieval, and modern eras of literature and art.
Plato has Socrates describe a gathering of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato's Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality.
Meaning: The "Allegory of the Cave" by Plato contrasts the way in which we perceive and believe in what is reality. The thesis behind his allegory is the basic opinion that all we perceive are imperfect "reflections" of the ultimate Forms or ideas, which subsequently represent truth and reality. Thus the shadows represent man's perception of reality and that knowledge gained through the senses is no more than opinion and that, in order to have real knowledge, we must gain it through philosophical reasoning.

- Plato (Book: The Allegory of the Cave)
Plato Cave
A fun sci-fi romp through a near-future dystopian Detroit. Peter Weller plays a good cop who is murdered in the line of duty and is therefore the perfect candidate for inaugurating the RoboCop program. As the first RoboCop, RoboCop does many robocoppy things, including single-handedly robocopping the city's crime element, and robocopping corruption within the corporation that robocopped him.
A fun sci-fi romp through a near-future dystopian Detroit. Peter Weller plays a good cop who is murdered in the line of duty and is therefore the perfect candidate for inaugurating the RoboCop program. As the first RoboCop, RoboCop does many robocoppy things, including single-handedly robocopping the city's crime element, and robocopping corruption within the corporation that robocopped him.
Meaning: RoboCop uses its hero as a metaphor for Jesus Christ. He's wrongfully killed and then he's resurrected as RoboCop. "It is about a guy who gets crucified in the first 50 minutes, and then is resurrected in the next 50 minutes, and then is like the supercop of the world."

- Paul Verhoeven (Movie: RoboCop)
Famous Paul Verhoeven Pictures
A superhero movie about a shy teenager named Peter Parker who discovers that a genetically engineered spider bite has given him superpowers.
A superhero movie about a shy teenager named Peter Parker who discovers that a genetically engineered spider bite has given him superpowers.
Meaning: His superhero birth-trauma story is one with which we're all painfully familiar...puberty. Peter's body has changed, and he has developed muscles in new places. But that's just the beginning. Peter's body starts producing, uh, sticky white stuff. The audience watches with vague feelings of discomfort as this teenage boy spends a long time trying to figure out exactly how to produce the newly discovered fluid, nervously telling his aunt to go away when she knocks on the door.

- James Cameron (Movie: Spider-Man)
Famous James Cameron Pictures
A superhero movie based on the comic book character Iron Man. In this sequel, Tony Stark faces an enemy who has built his own version of the Iron Man suit, as well as a douchey rival weapons manufacturer.
A superhero movie based on the comic book character Iron Man. In this sequel, Tony Stark faces an enemy who has built his own version of the Iron Man suit, as well as a douchey rival weapons manufacturer.
Meaning: Iron Man is the ultimate objectivist hero, fighting for private property rights against the vulture like thieves known as "the government." Iron Man 2 would be identical to Atlas Shrugged, if only it contained no humor.

- Jon Favreau (Movie: Iron Man 2)
Famous Jon Favreau Pictures
A horror movie about a young, ambitious woman cursed by an old gypsy lady. The curse, apparently, is all about getting the young lady (Christine) into Hell, but not before she gets to endure levels of torture previously experienced only by Bruce Campbell.
A horror movie about a young, ambitious woman cursed by an old gypsy lady. The curse, apparently, is all about getting the young lady (Christine) into Hell, but not before she gets to endure levels of torture previously experienced only by Bruce Campbell.
Meaning: Christine is cursed, she's got an eating disorder. She lies about her eating habits (telling her boyfriend that she is lactose-intolerant and then eating ice cream without getting sick). The movie also informs us several times that Christine used to weigh a lot more. Almost all of Christine's demon-curse problems involve either eating, stuff being forced down her throat or vomiting. Various hell-creatures throw up on her...

- Sam Raimi (Movie: Drag Me to Hell:)
Famous Sam Raimi Pictures
The super-dark sequel to Batman Begins. This time Batman teams up with Gotham lawmen, including district attorney Harvey Dent, to fight his new nemesis, the Joker.
The super-dark sequel to Batman Begins. This time Batman teams up with Gotham lawmen, including district attorney Harvey Dent, to fight his new nemesis, the Joker.
Meaning: Batman's actions during the film mirror the actions of President Bush after 9/11. Back in 2008, when The Dark Knight was released, America was still on the tail end of the Bush presidency. The first clue is Batman's adversary, the Joker. While most comic-based villains are given to grandiose plans involving firing lasers at the moon, the Joker blows up civilian buildings...

- Christopher Nolan (Movie: The Dark Knight)
Famous Christopher Nolan Pictures
Israel (the nation) a type of the individual Christian. -1 Cor. 10:6, 11
Meaning: A planned correspondence between two biblical accounts designed by God to teach and illustrate truth.
Christian Bible
Paul, a pattern, as the object of God's grace and mercy. -1 Tim. 1:16
Meaning: A pattern placed before one to be held fast and copied.
Christian Bible
Christ...the example of a truly servant-heart. -John 13:15
Meaning: A representation or copy. From verb: to show by placing under, as a template to be followed and copied.
Christian Bible
The tabernacle, an earthly shadow of the heavenly realities. -Heb. 8:5
Meaning: An image cast by an object and representing the form of that object--but not its substance or reality.
Christian Bible
That which marks out a true apostle. -2 Cor. 12:12
Meaning: A distinctive mark or feature which is used to identify and/or reveal the character of a person or thing.
Christian Bible
Allegory Meaning
An allegory is a symbolic fictional narrative that conveys a meaning not explicitly set forth in the narrative. Allegory, which encompasses such forms as fable, parable, and apologue, may have meaning on two or more levels that the reader can understand only through an interpretive process.
Allegory Examples
Justice represented as a blind ferret triumphing over the fuck of mute despair.