Allegory Essay Topics

Idle Tears Paraphrase

Paraphrase: As the speaker looks upon cheerful autumn fields, he longs for bygone days. His feelings rise from the seat of emotion, the heart, and “gather to the eyes” (line 3) as tears. He cannot link the tears to a specific memory, for they are idle tears—tears that he cannot explain. Apparently, it is the… View Article

The Alchemist – a Pilgrim’s Progress

Allegory is a representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms, figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another. In other words allegory is a story in words or prose, with double meaning. It has a primary or a surface meaning and it has got a secondary or under… View Article

Symbolism and Allegory in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

The “rest cure” (Gilman, 1913, 1) was not always the right prescription. Charlotte Perkins Gilman wanted to communicate that with her readers of the controversial short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1899). Many physicians claimed her story drove people mad and protested her depiction of how physicians gave wrong treatment to people with mental illness. The… View Article

W.B.Yeats and Thomas Hardy

1. Imagery: It is the use of figurative language to create visual representations of actions, objects and ideas in our mind in such a way that they appeal to our physical senses. For example: The room was dark and gloomy. -The words “dark” and “gloomy” are visual images. The river was roaring in the mountains…. View Article

Flowers for Algernon and The Garden of Eden

Daniel Keyes’s fictional story, “Flowers for Algernon”, drew on themes, patterns of events, and character types from the Biblical story of the Garden of Eden. Both stories had a mutual theme: Ignorance is bliss. Both stories also shared a similar pattern of events. Charlie Gordon, the protagonist in “Flowers for Algernon”, and Adam and Eve,… View Article

Lord of The Flies Human Allegory

In Lord of the Flies William Golding uses allegories to illustrate the human psyche. Different characters are used to represent different parts of an individual’s mental structure: the impulses of the Id, the rationality of the Ego, and the moral understanding of the Superego. Golding carefully describes each character’s actions to coincide with each part… View Article

“Lord of the Flies”: a Microcosm to Our Society

William Golding s novel Lord of the Flies significantly symbolizes characters, objects and the setting to represent our world as a whole. Golding uses those symbols to make the island similar to society and to show the difference between living in a civilised society and savagery. The novel takes place on an island during World… View Article

Corruption of Power

The corruption of power, or the power of corruption is a common theme found in texts of many different types of media and in many societies and cultures around the world. In the texts I have selected, I have come to the conclusion that, all characters in the pursuit of power are corrupt. In the… View Article

William Golding’s thesis of evil

On the following pages the novel “Lord of the Flies” and the 1950’s in Britain will be discussed. The introduction will exclusively deal with the novel of William Golding and the author himself. The general information includes of course a summary, a portrait of the author, the island setting of the novel and a characterisation… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe, those who are familiar with that famous name always allow a chill to run down their spines when they hear it. Poe has always been known for his dramatic and eerie writing style that has entertained readers for centuries. Of course we, as the reader, believe it is simply his brillance that… View Article

Alice Munro “The Shinning Houses”

The Shinning Houses Alice Munro presents a protagonist whose personality and values conflict with her neighbours. The protagonist Mary is an open-minded, fair, but somewhat powerless character. Mary is an open-minded individual who understands values from both Mrs. Fullerton and the new community. She is the only character in the “Shinning Houses” willing to “[explore… View Article

In the country of men

Hisham Matar presents In the Country of Men as a national allegory. This is done through metaphors, personification, and characters’ relationships. His purposes for writing this novel were political. A national allegory is any attribution of human characteristics to other animals, non-living things, material states, objects or abstract concepts, such as organizations or governments1 of… View Article

Analyzing Single Effect “Hop-Frog”

Edgar Allan Poe believed that a short story should be written to create a single effect. He believed that every detail or incident of the story should contribute to the effect. The overall effect of “Hop-Frog” is the theme of revenge that is seen throughout the story. There are certain details and situations in the… View Article

Hawthorne’s use of the narrator in Young Goodman Brown

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” the story is told through the eyes of a limited omniscient third-person narrator. This style is very accommodating to the story because it allows the author perfect opportunities to express his points. The narrator can both describe what Goodman Brown is doing, and also evaluate and comment on the… View Article

Sin in the Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne

After analyzing several of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories, it becomes apparent to the reader that he often wrote using the recurring theme of sin. Though sin is present in all of his works, there is much variation on the ways in which his characters come to understand the inherent evil that lurks inside every human… View Article