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Allegory Reference library
Allegory was considered a trope (rhetorical figure) by ancient grammarians. In the first century
allegory Reference library
Ronald W. Vince
As an attribute of an artistic work, allegory is a form of extended metaphor in which objects and characters denote meanings beyond the confines of the fiction, usually by presenting abstract ideas in terms of concrete images (although political allegory refers to real persons). In drama, the metaphor takes the form of personification of the idea, a character's allegorical significance indicated by labelling, conventional emblem, or behaviour. Allegorical interpretation is based on the assumption that true meaning lies beneath the fictive surface. Allegory is thus related to parable, which relies on analogy rather than personification, and ...