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In the story Animal Farm how is the use of allegory as a rhetorical device different from simply laying out a non-fictional account, or an historical or statistical analysis of the period and the rise of the Communist Party?

I would like an analysis of this answer if possible please.

Answer: Within an allegory every character represents a political concept or has a different moral viewpoint. This leaves the reader to interpret the meaning of the story. Leaving each reader's interpretation different. As far as historical you could start with looking the bible. The bible offers complex moral and theological concepts told by Jesus. Allegory can bed seen for example "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me". Allegory can be seen with two gods resulting in feeling "forsaken."

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  1. Honestly, your answer is blather. look that term up.

    Allegory puts truth and meaning in a new story line, and you are correct, the reader has to make the connection and the meaning of the story. In a non-fictional account, the reader does not have to mentally construct the meaning...it is laid out. Recommend leave out the Bible and Jesus out of this description, wrapping any argument you make in religious terms is usually distracting to your point.

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  2. 1. Bobpursley is right. And, yes, omit the religious references. They are off-topic.

    Definition:
    allegory -- a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
    "Pilgrim's Progress is an allegory of the spiritual journey"
    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/allegory

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    Fix this so there is no sentence fragment at the end:
    This leaves the reader to interpret the meaning of the story. Leaving each reader's interpretation different.

    Once you fix that and omit all the religious references, try again.

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  3. Ok I am still trying.
    What do you feel about this response?
    The use of allegory as a rhetorical device differentiates from a non-fictional account in that an allegory is interpreted to reveal a meaning, typically a moral or political one. The reader has to interpret their own meaning of the story in order to make a connection on their own. In a non-fictional account, the meaning is already laid out. There is no need to mentally construct a meaning of the story.

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  4. That is better. A historical account tells of people and events who actually existed. It is to explain what actually happened. A statistical account of something merely lists statistics. If you don't know what statistics are, look up the word in the dictionary using the link bobpursley gave you. An allegory is a fictional account. The characters and events are not ones that actually existed or exist and the events are not things that really happened. The allegory represents reality (as seen by the author), but is fiction, not history or statistics. You must understand what an allegory is, what history is, and what statistics are. You are still not quite clear on those concepts.

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