Big Words on Campus

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Definition:

: a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation

Example:

"Set in the director's native Johannesburg, [the movie District 9] didn't declare itself an allegory of apartheid, yet it needled away unmistakably at racial injustice." — Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, August 12, 2013

About the Word:

Parables, myths, and fables are all considered types of allegories, a concept dating back to ancient times – for example Plato's famous allegory of the cave, where cave-dwelling prisoners mistake shadows for reality.

The Greek ancestor of allegory means "to speak figuratively."

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