Open Thread: Allegory

(suggested by Lonespark, written by chris the cynic)

Do you have a favorite one?  A theory of the universe that says they’re all bad?  A least favorite one?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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3 thoughts on “Open Thread: Allegory

  1. Only Some Stardust February 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I find the Adam and Eve story more readable when read as an allegory for agriculture ruining the good thing we got going as hunter gatherers, tradin’ a relatively free life with fairly egalitarian rules and lots of time of leisure for endless sweating in a field under shitty lords. It’s still terribly awful and full o’ woman hating, but more readable.

  2. christhecynic February 21, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I don’t really have one that stands out for me. I’ve read “The Allegory of the Cave” in various contexts, I have followed and am following Ana Mardoll’s Narnia deconstructions (though Lewis assures us that’s not allegory) and I’ve never read The Pilgrim’s Progress. All I have to say for Animal farm is “Team Snowball!” (Though I’ve never paid enough attention to Trotsky to have an opinion on him.)

    So, yeah, I’m not making much of a contribution to this one, am I?

  3. christhecynic February 21, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    So, someone linked to this post from days of yore. Several people interpreted it as a parable before it turned out that, yes, it did indeed happen. The thing is, even if it hadn’t happened, what’s in the post would be just as meaningful.

    One assumes that says something about allegory as well.

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