An Allegory is used to tell a story that has characters, a setting, as well as other types of symbols, that have both literal and figurative meanings. The difference between an allegory and a symbol is that an allegory is a complete narrative that conveys abstract ideas to get a point across, while a symbol is a representation of an idea or concept that can have a different meaning throughout a literary work.
"A Parable is like an allegory because the message has a hidden meaning"

"The monkey on a globe of the world"

The monkey may represent how humans copy each other and not standing up for themselves. The globe may represent how we (the monkeies) abuse it and not notice because we are to busy having fun.
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1. A story used to make a statement or convey a specific meaning. Its setting, characters, and symbols can be interpreted as either figurative or literal.

2. The opposite of a georggebushy.
The Lord of the Rings is believed by many to be an allegory.

The idea of an environmentalist owning a private jet seems like a bit of an allegory to me.
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A story where the characters stand for abstract ideas, for example, good and evil! ~ Brain
Excerpt from the PBS Kids show Arthur's "Jekyll Jekyll Hyde" ~ "I was acting strange, quite deranged, it was pure allegory!"
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Mike "Im going to save the environment"
Paul "God you have perfected the art of allegory"
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arising in seattle, wa during early june 2006, the allegorical nature of "mr. bojangles," star of many 1930s shirley temple films as well as subject for a protest song from the 1960s, alludes to the subconscious desire even the most free man has to give his pride away in order to dance a little bit.

to bojangle (v.): to dance about life with the same sadness and glib irony as bojangles himself did.
the allegory of bojangles was potent on the dance floor.
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A sexual act where someone

1) ties their significant other to a bed
2) blindfolds their significant other
3) pleasures him/her sexually
4) as he/she nears orgasm, removes the blindfold and shines a bright light in his/her face
"I wanna give her some Platonic loving."

"Get a flashlight and give her the Allegory of the Cave"
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Of or relating to Al Gore.
The South Park episode "ManBearPig" was allegory for how politicians use climate change to drum up attention; that is, the very specific politician Al Gore, which is why the episode is allegory.
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