Final 1 – Essay Example

Final From the definition of allegories, which are considered as stories in which people, things, as well ashappenings have another meaning in the form of fables, and parables, it is reasonable categorize Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and Schalken’s Allegory of Virtues and Riches as allegories. Rip engages in a passive resistance during the prerevolutionary colonies. In his engagement, there is a series of family resemblance, which are encoded within the story. His marital evasions seem to constitute some metaphorical rebellions mainly against the colonial, the domestic and petticoat governor, as well as the monarchic wife. This rebellion signified a contrast in which Rip helps his neighbors in their tasks. The neighbors in exchange take his part against the bad wife. He shows recognizable familial routine, in which Rip is engaged. His resistance seems different to the neighbors but he really likes the monarchy as he ends up enjoying sitting under the king’s portrait (Irving, p. 1028).
The same case of allegory comes out in the story, “Allegory of virtues and Riches,” by Godfried. In his Allegory, he used things to represent different meanings. He uses the bird virtues as well as true love. One woman has her virtues sacrificed for riches and she is thus embracing putti on a bas-relief (Schalcken, p.37). She does this as she grieves while at the same time a sculpted cupid is grieving at her left background. This incident symbolizes the importance of virtues and the way lack of virtues can render one useless despite his or her riches. The same case applied in the modern world where the use of poems is becoming popular to address social issues. A poem uses good words but such words have satirical messages to those affected in the society (Hall, p.83). Allegory stories are good in guiding the society in satirical ways.
Works Cited
Hall, Dale. "Interpreting Platos Cave as an Allegory of the Human Condition." Apeiron, Volume 14 No.2 (1980): 74 - 86.
Irving, Washington. History, Tales, and Sketches. Edited by James W. Tuttleton. New York: Library of America, 1983.
Schalcken, Godfried. Allegory of Virtues and Riches. London, 1667.