Metaphor and Allegory

The two words ‘metaphor’ and ‘allegory’ were discussed in one of our lessons and I am sure that it may help me in this project. Allegory and metaphor are figures of speeches often seen in literature and art. Metaphor is a phrasal expression, which is used to make a comparison of unrelated objects and actions. Allegory can be said to be an extended metaphor. Allegory is a comparison on a deeper note.The actual definitions fore each word are:

Metaphor:

  • Metaphor; figure of speech in which term is transferred to something it does not literally apply to e.g.: He was a speeding bullet/A sea of trouble/Drowning in debt. A metaphor is used to make an even stronger image in the viewer/reader’s head by describing a place, subject or object as something unlikely.
  • Something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol.
  • (Metaphor should not be confused with simile where a simile makes the comparison explicit by using “like” or “as.”)
Allegory:
  • story with a meaning other than the literal one
  • description of one thing under image of another

Most images around show/use metaphors and allegories to help others see the reason why the images where initially taken.

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