Allegory Worksheets To Print:
- An allegory is a story with two layers. The "outer" layer is
the events that occur in the story. The "deeper" layer is
the symbolism or moral of the story, the greater meaning that the
characters and events of the story represent. Fables often use this technique
because the animals stand in for humans, and each brief story
conveys a lesson or moral.
Create Them -
You will be given a selection of morals to choose from and then work on your own story.
Wizard of Oz
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, was an allegorical commentary
on politics in America at the turn of the 20th century. Based on the historical
context of the book, can you identify what each item pictured below
- Wall-e is partly an allegorical story. What is the message? How is this message
illustrated by the story? Can you identify what any of the elements of the movie
The argument has been made that in Disney's animated feature Zootopia,
"speciesism" is an allegory for racism. Do you agree? Why or why not? Support
your answer with evidence from the film.
- We examine the essence of the concept of an allegorical story.
Fable vs. Parable
- Complete the chart to understand the similarities and
differences between fables and parables.
Allegory vs. Symbol
- Allegory and symbolism are very similar concepts, but they are not the same.
Complete the worksheet below to deepen your understanding of how these
two literary devices differ.
Common Confusion - Differentiate between allegory and these other commonly
Why Use It?
- Why do you think a writer would choose
to use allegory in order to tell a story? What are the advantages and
disadvantages of presenting ideas in this way?
- What is an important life lesson that you have learned that you
feel like everyone ought to know?