Give an example as to how Homer's The Odyssey can be considered an allegory? 

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An allegory is defined as:

...an extended metaphor in which a person, abstract idea, or event stands for itself and for something else.

It says one thing on a literal level, but also makes a point or demonstrates a figurative meaning.

The term [allegory] loosely describes any writing in verse or prose that has a double meaning.

Homer's The Odyssey can be seen to be allegorical in many ways for the many tales we read about. As the story begins, Odysseus has been gone from home for twenty years. He went to fight in the Trojan War and served valiantly. On his return, his reputation is secure. Strong and smart, now he only wants to return home to his wife and son. For all the good he has done, and as deserving as he is, his journey home is not an easy one. The message Homer may be sharing is that Odysseus, for all his physical prowess and dedication in battle, is not as humble as he should be, and it is this lack of humility that costs him another ten years away from home. The stories Odysseus shares...

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