Course 9—Lecture

LitCourse 9
How to Read: Symbol



Allegory is the last type of symbol used in literature and art.

While literary symbols are fluid and suggestive, in that they may have multiple meanings according to context, allegory is absolute.

Allegory can mean only one thing. Think of Renaissance paintings, Botticelli or Poussin, in which women figures represent specific female qualities (the 4 graces) or seasons of the year.

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