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How can an allegory be made less overt?

Animal Farm is, famously, an allegory of the 1917 Russian Revolution and its aftermath. If you didn't know that -- much as I didn't, when I read it as a teenager -- it nonetheless stands up on its own....
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Can complex allegories refer to another thing than a specific event or story?

A simple allegory typically uses one or a few symbols or metaphors to represent a single idea or moral lesson. For example, in Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare," the tortoise ...
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How do you tell your readers without telling and only showing that the most popular interpretations of your work is wrong?

How do you tell your readers without telling and only showing that the most popular interpretations of your work is wrong? Let's say I am Stanley Kubrick and I made the movie "The Space Odyssey&...
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What purposes can an allegory serve to a story?

I see a lot of films using allegory. For example, a scene from a movie can be a Biblical allegory of Mose crossing the sea. But rarely do they seem to do anything with it. It's like the allegory added ...
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When using an allegory from another book, do you have to stick to the most mainstream interpretation of the book?

When using an allegory from another book, do you have to stick to the most mainstream interpretation of the book? Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain used Moby Dick as an allegory. Although I am not ...
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