a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another.
An author may even intend the characters to personify an abstraction like hope of freedom.

form of extended metaphor, in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative, are equated with the meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. The underlying meaning has moral, social, religious, or political significance, and characters are often personifications of abstract ideas as charity, greed, or envy.

*Meaning usually deals with moral truth or generalization about human existence.


  • In the New Testament, Christ makes frequent use of the parable to make statements about “people” in general. For example, the good Samaritan is an allegory representing the right thinking and compassionate person.

  • George Orwell's "Animal Farm" is an allegorical tale in which farm animals represent Communist Russia

The pigs symbolize the government with the rest of the animals representing the rest of the lesser class

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