Allegory

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error
Litencyc Editors (Independent Scholar - Europe)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME .

Related Groups

A pattern of reference in the work which evokes a parallel action of abstract ideas. Usually allegory uses recognisable types, symbols and narrative patterns to indicate that the meaning of the text is to be found not in the represented world but in a body of traditional thought. Thus in Animal Farm by George Orwell, the pigs are seen to stand for communists because having led the revolution against the farmer they invent the phrase “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” In Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Pilgrim stands as the general type of the good Christian seeking the way of the Lord. Allegory can be simple, offering a one-to-one correspondence between the representation and its …

297 words

Citation: Editors, Litencyc. "Allegory". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=24, accessed 30 January 2023.]

24 Allegory 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.