What is an example of the word allegory in the book Animal Farm?

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There are many literary terms that are so closely related but are not the same. The word allegory is a lot like the word symbol because it's function is to represent. However, the difference between the two is that an allegory is a group of symbols that work together.

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There are many literary terms that are so closely related but are not the same. The word allegory is a lot like the word symbol because it's function is to represent. However, the difference between the two is that an allegory is a group of symbols that work together.

Napoleon symbolizing Stalin, Snowball symbolizing Trotsky, Boxer, the working class; Mollie, the vain; Mr. Jones, the Romanovs or Nicolas II; Manor Farm, Russia; and the Rebellion, the Russian Revolution. This group of symbols makes up the entire allegory.

This is similar to metaphor and extended metaphor if you know that concept.

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Really, this whole book is an allegory.  Remember, an allegory is like a long metaphor.  In an allegory, something is being used to represent something else.  In this case, the characters and events are allegories for things that happened in Russia and the Soviet Union.

For example, the horse Boxer is an allegory for the working class of the Soviet Union.  He works hard and is completely dedicated to Napoleon (himself an allegory for Stalin).  Napoleon works him basically to death and then, essentially, sells his carcass for money.  This represents Stalin's ruthless exploitation of the working class in the Soviet Union.

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