I need a detailed summarry of "Absalom and Achitophel".

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The poem by Dryden is an allegory. The story of Absalom and King David is the subject.He is really discussing the 17th century rebellion called the Monmouth Rebellion. The political allegory is taken to its' highest form in Absalom and Achitophel.

The revolt is told in the book of Samuel in the bible. Absalom is rebellious esp. against his father, King David.  Absalom has very long hair, which symbolizes his pride When Ahitophel gets involved in Absalom's rebellion,Hushai, plots with David. He makes up a story of defecting. He provides advice to Absalom that leads him into David's hands.Ahitophel also give him advice but Absalom doesn't listen to him. He realizes that the rebellion will fail, then he hangs himself. Absalom is killed when he gets his long hair caught in the thick branches of an oak tree, "His head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on" (NRSV 2 Sam. 18:9). The death of his son, Absalom, causes David to grieve.