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Title: Religious Allegory


1
Religious Allegory
  • And Allegory Throughout History

2
What Is Allegory?
  • 1. Description of a subject under the guise of
    some other subject of aptly suggestive
    resemblance. 
  • 2. An instance of such description a figurative
    sentence, discourse, or narrative, in which
    properties and circumstances attributed to the
    apparent subject really refer to the subject they
    are meant to suggest an extended or continued
    metaphor.

3
Uses of Allegory
  • To allow a message to reach a broader audience
    (such as commoners outside of the clergy)
  • To make otherwise complex concepts palatable

4
Dante
  • The Divine Comedy details the three levels of the
    afterlife in an allegorical manner.

5
Dante
  • Well, if the subject of the whole work, taken
    literally, is this subject The status of souls
    after death, taken simply and not limited, it is
    obvious that in this part such a status is the
    subject, but restricted, that is, the status of
    the blessed souls after death. And if the subject
    of the whole work, taken allegorically, is man,
    as he gains or loses merit by the exercise of his
    freedom of will, being subject to the justice of
    punishment or reward, it is obvious that in this
    part the subject is restricted, namely, man, to
    the extent that he is subject by merits to the
    justice of punishment.

6
Pearl
  • I never found her precious equal
  • Fusing substantive allegory with a stylistic
    metaphor the poem in its formatting is itself an
    allegory.

7
Book of the City of Ladies
  • Using allegory to make a case for women.

8
Plato
  • Allegory of the Cave

The prisoners are chained to a wall in a cave and
can only see the shadows of things outside. The
philosopher is the one who can see that the
shadows are more than just shadows.
9
Ship of Fools
  • Fools on a ship without a captain.

10
Aristotle
  • Words spoken are symbols or signs (symbola) of
    affections or impressions (pathemata) of the soul
    (psyche) written words are the signs of words
    spoken.
  • As writing, so also is speech not the same for
    all races of men.
  • But the mental affections themselves, of which
    these words are primarily signs (semeia), are the
    same for the whole of mankind, as are also the
    objects (pragmata) of which those affections are
    representations or likenesses, images, copies
    (homoiomata).

11
The Modern Allegory
  • C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia
    (1950-1956)
  • George Orwells Animal Farm (1945)
  • Cormac McCarthys The Road (2006)
  • J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter (1997-2007)

12
In Film
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • 2001 A Space odyssey (1968)
  • The Matrix (1999)

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