Allegory: Huckleberry Finn By: Kyle Monroe, Ian Augur What is an Allegory? • A representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms; figurative treatment of one subject under the guise of another. Just to give you an idea: • Allegory: – The book Animal Farm is an allegory for the Russian Revolution. The characters in the book represent different figures that were significant in the revolution such as Snowball and Napoleon symbolizing Trotsky and Stalin, and the group of dogs acting as the KGB. – The overall plot of the book represents the course of events that were encountered throughout the course of the Revolution. Believe it or Not! • The movie Avatar is an allegory for the Iraq War. “The Avatar director is linking his new film to the Iraq War and the wider war on terror.” Said Nile Gardiner of The Telegraph. King and the Duke • These two are often interpreted as northerners who believed they knew everything. At the time, many southerners thought of northerners as arrogant and “know-it-all’s”, so it was expected by Huck and Jim that the two would fail at attempting their version of a Shakespearian play called The Royal Nonesuch. • It is implied throughout the book that the King and Duke are untrusted amongst southerners because they are portrayed as conmen or grifters. Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons • The Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons are two families that have very much hate for one another. These to families are used to foreshadow the Civil War. The Grangerfords as the north and the Shepherdsons as the south. • The families were used as symbols to represent the two sides of the United States before the Civil War, the Union and the Confederates. Finding Freedom on the Mississippi • Throughout the book Huck and Jim are traveling their way down the Mississippi River to the Ohio River. Huck and Jim realize that once they reach the Ohio, Jim will be free. • The representation of Huck and Jim traveling down the Mississippi is standing for freedom. • Jim being a slave is using the Mississippi as the path to freedom, while other slaves frequently use the North Star. Why? • Why do authors use allegories? • Used as useful devices for representing themes in a story. • Used to acknowledge American History in most cases. • Also used to represent worldly issues.