A parable is a story with a moral meaning, for example “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” (about lying) or the story of the Good Samaritan (about generosity). Both allegories and parables contain messages, but allegories express them through symbolism , while parables illustrate the messages. In other words, the characters and situations in an allegory each symbolize some specific aspect of the moral story. In a parable, there isn’t so much symbolism; the story as a whole expresses an overall moral point. It’s a tricky distinction.
Allegory of the Cave essaysWhat the Allegory Implies for People Living in a World of Senses The Allegory of the Cave implies that if we rely on our ...
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An archetype is a particularly powerful kind of trope. Tropes are the broader category of common elements in stories, but a trope is generally not considered universal – it’s just very common, especially in a particular genre or culture. Again, the line between tropes and clichés is not black-and-white. For example, the “damsel in distress” figure is very common in literature, mythology, and popular culture – but it’s debatable whether this is a cliché, a trope, or even an archetype!
Over the summer, Jessica Alba announced that she’s pregnant with her third child, but this week on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jessica revealed that she and husband Cash Warren are expecting a boy.
The pioneering study on the matter is an academic dissertation, unpublished to this day: Anita Joplin, The Anthropomorphic Landscape: A Study in 16th Century Imagery (unpublished thesis, Reed College), 1974.