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An adverb derived from allegory, which is a narrative device, where plot elements, characters, and events, are symbolic of human experiences and the nature of human existence over time. If one speaks allegorically, one may be referring to the situation at hand by referring to a broader theme, whose components transcend the every day and find truth and applicability in multiple situations. J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an allegory of modernity and the battling forces of greed for power (and resources) on the one hand and provincial tradition and communal sustainability on the other. The young adult series The Hunger Games is an allegory of the relationship between media, popular culture, and politics in the post-modern era.

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"Melancolia I, 1514, woodcut, a visual allegory of melancholy" by Albrecht Dürer is licensed under Public Domain.

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