As a literary device, an allegory is a metaphor whose vehicle may be a character, place or event, representing real-world issues and occurrences. Allegory (in the sense of the practice and use of allegorical devices and works) has occurred widely throughout history in all forms of art, largely because it can readily illustrate or convey complex ideas and concepts in ways that are comprehensible or striking to its viewers, readers, or listeners.
Writers or speakers typically use allegories as literary devices or as rhetorical devices that convey (semi-)hidden or complex meanings through symbolic figures, actions, imagery, or events, which together create the moral, spiritual, or political meaning the author wishes to convey.
The representation of abstract principles by characters or figures.
A picture, book, or other form of communication using such representation.
A symbolic representation which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one.
A category that retains some of the structure of the category of binary relations between sets, representing a high-level generalisation of that category.
Representation of a concept through symbols or underlying meanings of objects or qualities. from between 1645 and 1655.
A combining together of parts or ingredients.
a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
“Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey”